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The United Uplift of the Hand

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 12, 2012

The United Uplift of the Hand

By S.S.J., Provo

A Gentile election! What strife marks the scene!
What turbulent questions abound!
Hate, envy and malice are palpably seen;
How harsh and discordant the sound!
Power-loving aspirants here seek to outvie
In their quota of votes at the pool,
To succeed they will slander, coerce, yea, will lie,
Regardless of honor or soul.

Debased, God forsaken, corrupt is the plan
By which men their candidates find;’
If eloquent, wealthy, why, straight is the man,
No matter how narrow the mind.
But in Utah’s fair vales we’ve a mode of franchise
Which is primitive, simple, yet grand.
Its adoption has oft fill’d the world with surprise,
The United Uplift of the Hand.

When the servants of God to our judgments appeal,
We hail the glad truths with delight;
Each true hearted Saint the pure influence feels
That bears its assurance of right.
With what pure emotion our spirits are fired,
As they call for our votes from the Stand;
With a flood of good feeling our hearts are inspired
As we raise to High Heaven our hand.

Whom the people of God undertake to sustain,
‘Tis an evident sign of success;
Religious, political, whate’er the aim,
If but right, their Great Leader will bless.
Let proud hearted despots in riches presume,
And tyrants by force hold command.
This simple maneuver foreshadows their doom,
The United Uplift of the Hand.

(1867)



2 Comments »

  1. I sort of liked it better in the original Russian, as it fell from the lips of Comrade Trotsky.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 12, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  2. Very funny Mark. My sentiments exactly.

    Comment by YvonneS — June 12, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

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