A HYMN OF BROTHERHOOD
Written by Brooks Hays during the period of racial tension in Little Rock.
Beneath these warm and friendly southern skies, The Ozark hills adorn a verdant plain.
The handiwork of pioneers we prize,
As well, the beauty of this grand domain.
Life now confronts us with a changing scene, But faith and wisdom will direct these days.
Accepting altered forms with happy mien, We'll follow only just and loving ways.
Renouncing any act that hurts our neighbors' pride, Hands joined to make for all a better life,
We trust in human kindness as our guide And justice under law to banish strife.
Our prayers ascend, that these will bring release From threatening tensions of the present hour,
That God will give us all His blessed peace And brotherhood the noblest aims empower.
Corrected and revised -December 12, 1978
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