Hope of the world, Thou Christ of great compassionAuthor: Georgia Elma Harkness (1954)
Published in 44 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI, Recording
1 Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion:
speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent.
Save us, your people, from consuming passion,
who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.
2 Hope of the world, God's gift from highest heaven,
bringing to hungry souls the bread of life:
still let your Spirit unto us be given
to heal earth's wounds and end our bitter strife.
3 Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways,
showing to wandering souls the path of light:
walk now beside us lest the tempting byways
lure us away from you to endless night.
4 Hope of the world, who by your cross did save us
from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt:
we render back the love your mercy gave us;
take now our lives and use them as you will.
5 Hope of the world, O Christ, o'er death victorious,
who by this sign did conquer grief and pain:
we would be faithful to your gospel glorious;
you are our Lord, and you forever reign!
|First Line:||Hope of the world, Thou Christ of great compassion|
|Title:||Hope of the World|
|Author:||Georgia Elma Harkness (1954)|
|Copyright:||© 1954. Renewal 1982 by The Hymn Society, admin. Hope Publishing Co.|
all st. = Rom. 15:13
st. 2 = John 6:35
st. 3 = John 8:12
Of the hundreds of hymns submitted in a search for new hymns for the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches (held in Evanston, IL, in August 1954), "Hope of the World" was chosen as the winner by the Hymn Society of America. Theologian Georgia E. Harkness (b. Harkness, NY, 1891; d. Claremont, CA, 1974) wrote the text to coincide with the Assembly's theme, “Jesus Christ, Hope of the World.” First published in a Hymn Society of America pamphlet, Eleven Ecumenical Hymns (1954) and in The Hymn (July 1954), the text has since appeared in many North American hymnals. Translated into several languages, it has also been published in hymnals in various other countries.
This prayer text entreats Christ, "the hope of the world," to reconcile those now involved in conflict and strife (st. 1-2) and to direct the ministry of the church to be faithful to his gospel (st. 3-5). Recognizing the brokenness of the church and the temptations of the world, this sung prayer also presents the hope and challenge of ministering in Christ's name.
Harkness studied at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, received a doctoral degree from Boston University (1923), and did further studies at Harvard, Yale, and Union Theological Seminary. She taught at Elmira (NY) College (1922-1937); Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts (1937-1939); Garret School of Theology, Evanston, Illinois (1939-50); and the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California (1950-61). The first woman in the United States to be appointed a full professor in a theological seminary, Harkness was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1926. Partly because of her work in the World Council of Churches, her influence was wide-ranging. The recipient of many honors and awards, she wrote thirty-seven books, including John Calvin: The Man and His Ethics (1931), Prayer and the Common Life (1947), TheProvidence of God (1960), and Women in Church and Society (1972). Her hymn texts and other poetry were published in Holy Flame (1935), The Glory of God (1943), and Be Still and Know (1953).
A Sung prayer appropriate for many occasions of worship; Reformation services; church festivals; mission conferences.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (15)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Chalice Hymnal #538||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compasssion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||V. Earle Copes||126.96.36.199||VICAR||D Major||English||1995|
|Community of Christ Sings #29||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion||VICAR||2013|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #734||Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||188.8.131.52||Matthew 9:36; Matthew 12:21; John 6:35-51; Romans 8:24; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Galatians 4:6; Colossians 1:27; 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Peter 1:3||DONNE SECOURS||d minor or modal||2013|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #472||Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion||Georgia Harkness, 1891-1974||Claude Goudimel, 1514-1572||184.108.40.206||DONNE SECOURS||d minor or modal||English||1985|
|Lutheran Service Book #690||Hope of the world, Thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness, 1891-1974||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-79||220.127.116.11||1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 2:13-15; Psalm 146:5-10; John 8:12||EIRENE||F Major or modal||English||2006|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #360||Hope of the world, Thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia E. Harkness||18.104.22.168||Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:19; Colossians 1:27||DONNE SECOURS||d minor||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #524||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia E. Harkness||V. Earle Copes||22.214.171.124||John 6:35; John 8:12; Romans 15:13; Romans 15||VICAR||D Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #414||Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||126.96.36.199||Luke 14:23||PSALM 12 (DONNE SECOURS)||d minor or modal||English||1985|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #694||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness, 1891-1974||John W. Peterson, 1921-||188.8.131.52 with refrain||Colossians 1:27||SO I SEND YOU||F Major or modal||1996|
|The New Century Hymnal #46||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||J. Albert Jeffrey||184.108.40.206||ANCIENT OF DAYS||C. Major||1995|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #178||Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||V. Earle Copes||220.127.116.11||VICAR||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #434||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness||V. Earle Copes||18.104.22.168||Romans 12:1; 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Corinthians 15:26; John 6:35; Luke 24:15||VICAR||D Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #594||Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion||Hope of the World||Georgia E. Harkness||V. Earle Copes||22.214.171.124||Colossians 1:27; 1 Timothy 1:1||VICAR||D Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #215||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compasssion||Hope of the World||Georgia Elma Harkness||Claude Goudimel||126.96.36.199||DONNE SECOURS||d minor or modal||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #404||Hope of the world, O Christ of great compasssion||Hope of the World||Georgia Harkness, 1891-1974||V. Earle Copes, 1921-||188.8.131.52||Luke 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Matthew 5:4; Titus 2:13; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 1:1; Romans 12:1; Colossians 1:27; John 6:35; Philippians 2:10||VICAR||D Major||2001|