Community

O happy time, when all mankind
Shall competition’s evil see;
And seek with one united mind
The blessings of community.

When social love’s benignant flow
Shall peace on earth, goodwill restore;
And charity, like ocean’s flow,
Connect and compass every shore.

Then will the claims of wealth and state
This goodly world no more deface;
Then war and rapine, strife and hate,
Among mankind will have no place.

Then will mankind, in common share
The gifts their industry supplies,
And prove, escaped from selfish care
The joys of heaven beneath the skies.

Hymn sung at Robert Owen’s meetings in the 19th century.

Tom Broderick
Co-chair, Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America

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