If We Must Die

"If We Must Die" is the second song in Robert Owens's song cycle 3 Songs, Op.41 (Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano).

Date: 1988Composer: Robert OwensText: Claude McKaySong Collection: 3 Songs, Op.41 (Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano)

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    If We Must Die
    by Claude McKay

    If we must die — let it not be like hogs
    Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
    While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
    Making their mock at our accursed lot.
    If we must die — oh, let us nobly die,
    So that our precious blood may not be shed
    In vain; then even the monsters we defy
    Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

    Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe;
    Though far outnumbered, let us still be brave,
    And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
    What though before us lies the open grave?
    Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
    Pressed to the wall, dying, but — fighting back!

    Sheet Music

    3 songs for Baritone and Piano, Op. 41

    Composer(s): Robert Owens

    Song(s): The Lynching, If We Must Die, To the White Fiends

    Voice Type: Baritone

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