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 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 sweet 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 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.
|First Line:||Where cross the crowded ways of life|
|Title:||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life|
|Author:||Frank Mason North (1903, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Micah 6:9; Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 11:18-20; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 15:32; Matthew 19:13-15; Matthew 22:9; Matthew 23:37; Matthew 25:40; Mark 6:34; Mark 8:2; Mark 9:41; Luke 7:13; Luke 10:27; Luke 13:34; John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:17-18|
|Topic:||Compassion; Ecumenical; Healing3 more...|
|Source:||Gardiner’s Sacred Melodies, 1815|
Because dense populations always result in concentrated hardships, this vivid yet timeless evocation of urban need connects to our own day as well as to Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37/Luke 13:34). This tune was the first used with this text and is now customary.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|