by Peter Yarrow

Light one candle for the Maccabee children.
Give thanks that their light didn't die.

Light one candle for the pain they endured
when their right to exist was denied.

Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
justice and freedom demand.

Light one candle for the wisdom to know
when the peacemaker's time is at hand.


Don't let the light go out.
It's lasted for so many years.
Don't let the light go out.
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Light one candle for strength that we need
to never become our own foe.

Light one candle for those who are suffering
the pain we learned so long ago.

Light one candle for all we believe in,
let anger not tear us apart.

Light one candle to bind us together
with peace as the song in our heart.


What is the memory that's valued so highly
that we keep alive in that flame.

What's the commitment to those who have died
when we cry out “ They've not died in vain.”

We have come this far always believing
that justice will somehow prevail.

This is the burden and this is the promise
and this is why we will not fail.


Type of Custom: Psalms, Poetry & Songs

Holiday/Event: Chanukah

Source: Peter Yarrow