665. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

1 Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of clan and race,
above the noise of selfish strife,
O Christ, we hear your voice of grace.

2 In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds fraught with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

3 From tender childhood's helplessness,
from human grief and burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow's stress,
your heart has never known recoil.

4 The cup of water given for you
still holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the strong compassion of your face.

5 O Master, from the mountainside
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide;
O tread the city's streets again.

6 Till all shall learn compassion's might,
following where your feet have trod,
till glorious from your realm of light
shall come the city of our God.

Text Information
First Line: Where cross the crowded ways of life
Title: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Author: Frank Mason North (1903)
Adapter: Ruth Duck (1981)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God's World: Justice and Righteousness; Cities; Compassion (4 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: William Gardiner's Sacred Melodies, 1815

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