290. Bring, O Past, Your Honor

1 Bring, O Past, your honor; bring, O Time, your harvest,
golden sheaves of hallowed lives and minds by Truth made free;
come, you faithful spirits, builders of this temple:
“To Holiness, to Love, and Liberty.”

2 Ring, in glad thanksgiving, bell of grief and gladness,
forth to town and prairie let our festal greeting go.
Voices long departed in your tones re-echo:
“Praise to the Highest, Peace to all below.”

3 Shrine of frontier courage, Sinai of its vision,
home and hearth of common quest for life’s immortal good,
stand, in years oncoming, sentinel of conscience,
as through the past your stalwart walls have stood.

4 Church of pure reformers, pioneers undaunted,
company of comrades sworn to keep the spirit free;
long o’er life’s swift river preach th’eternal gospel:
faith, hope, and love for all humanity.

Text Information
First Line: Bring, O Past, your honor; bring, O Time, your harvest
Title: Bring, O Past, Your Honor
Author: Charles H. Lyttle, 1884-1980
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Humanist Teachings: The Life of Integrity; Social Justice; Thanksgiving Day
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes, 1823-1876
Key: D Major

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