608. Where cross the crowded ways of life

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

2 In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds dark 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 see
the sweet compassion of your face.

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

6 till all the world shall learn your love
and follow where your feet have trod,
till glorious from your heaven above
shall come the city of our God.

Text Information
First Line: Where cross the crowded ways of life
Author: Frank Mason North, 1850-1935 (alt.)
Meter: 88.88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: City; Compassion; Consolation (8 more...)
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): William Gardiner, 1770-1853
Meter: 88.88
Key: A Major
Source: W. Gardiner's 'Sacred Melodies', Vol. II, 1815

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