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Grant me to witness through the veil of death
my people at their high triumphant feast.

I fail, and sink in thine eternity,
but see my people marching forward, free.

God quick to punish sin or to forgive,
thou knowest how this people has my love.

Enough that I have borne its shame and sin
and seen salvation—now I need not live.

Stay, hold my nerveless hands, let fall my staff;
thou faithful God, prepare me for my grave.

On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King spoke at a protest rally in Memphis, Tennessee with these concluding remarks:

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