Is this a holy thing to see
In a rich and fruitful land,
Babes reduc’d to misery,
Fed with a cold and usurous hand?
Is that trembling cry a song?
Can it be a song of joy?
And so many children poor?
It is a land of poverty!
And their sun does never shine,
And their fields are bleak and bare,
And their ways are filled with thorns:
It is eternal winter there.
For where e’er the sun does shine,
And where e’er the rain does fall,
Babe can never hunger there,
Nor poverty the mind appall.