669. O Young and Fearless Prophet

1 O young and fearless Prophet
of ancient Galilee,
your life is still a summons
to serve humanity;
to make our thoughts and actions
less prone to please the crowd,
to stand with humble courage
for truth with hearts uncowed.

2 We marvel at the purpose
that held you to your course
while ever on the hilltop
before you loomed the cross;
your steadfast face set forward
where love and duty shone,
while we betray so quickly
and leave you there alone.

3 O help us stand unswerving
against war's bloody way,
where hate and lust and falsehood
hold back Christ's holy sway;
forbid false love of country
that keeps us from your call,
you lift above the nations
the unity of all.

4 Stir up in us a protest
against our greed for wealth,
while others starve and hunger
and plead for work and health;
where homes with little children
cry out for lack of bread,
who live their years sore burdened
beneath a gloomy dread.

5 O young and fearless Prophet,
we need your presence here,
amid our pride and glory
to see your face appear;
once more to hear your challenge
above our noisy day,
again to lead us forward
along God's holy way.

Text Information
First Line: O young and fearless Prophet
Title: O Young and Fearless Prophet
Author: S. Ralph Harlow (1931)
Meter: 76.76D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God's World: Justice and Righteousness; Discipleship; God: Righteousness (4 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: 76.76D
Key: g minor

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