A Hundred Years Hence
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One hundred years hence, what a change will be made,

In politics, morals, religion and trade,

In statesmen who wrangle or ride on the fence,

These things will be altered a hundred years hence.

Our laws then will be uncompulsory rules,

Our prisons converted to national schools;

The pleasure of sinning 'tis all a pretense,

And so we will find it a hundred years hence.

Lying, cheating and fraud will be laid on the shelf,

Men will neither get drunk, nor be bound up in self,

But all live together, good neighbors and friends,

Just as Christian folks ought to, a hundred years hence.

Then woman, man's partner, man's equal will stand,

While beauty and harmony govern the land;

To think for one's self will be no offense,

The world will be thinking a hundred years hence.

Oppression and war will be heard of no more,

Nor the blood of a slave leave his print on our shore;

Conventions will then be a useless expense,

For we'll all go free suffrage a hundred years hence.

Instead of speech-making to satisfy wrong,

All will join the glad chorus to sing Freedom's song;

And if the Millenium is not a pretense,

We'll all be good brothers a hundred years hence.

Hutchinson Family

John W. Hutchinson.  "A Hundred Years Hence."  [Music: John Wallace Hutchinson.]  [Lyrics: Frances D. Gage.]  First line of text: "One hundred years hence what a change will be made."  Cleveland: S. Brainard's Sons.  1869.

Alan Lewis






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