Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways

Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways

Author: Clifford Bax
Tune: OLD 124TH
Published in 56 hymnals

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1 Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways.
Old now is earth, and none may count her days,
Yet thou, her child, whose head is crowned with flame,
Still wilt not hear thine inner God proclaim,
'Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways.'

2 Earth might be fair, and all men glad and wise.
Age after age their tragic empires rise,
Built while they dream, and in that dreaming weep:
Would man but wake from out his haunted sleep,
Earth might be fair, and all men glad and wise.

3 Earth shall be fair, and all her people one;
Nor till that hour shall God's whole will be done.
Now, even now, once more from earth to sky,
Peals forth in joy man's old, undaunted cry,
'Earth shall be fair, and all her folk be one!'



Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #348

Author: Clifford Bax

Clifford Bax (13 July 1886 – 18 November 1962) was a versatile English writer, known particularly as a playwright, a journalist, critic and editor, and a poet, lyricist and hymn writer. He also was a translator. See more in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

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First Line: Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways
Author: Clifford Bax

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OLD 124TH

GENEVAN 124 (also known as OLD 124TH) was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1985. One of the best known from the Genevan Psalter, the tune is published in most North American hymnals. By 1564 it was adopted in English and Scott…

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The Cyber Hymnal #6966
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Instances

Instances (1 - 4 of 4)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #575
Small Church Music #1880Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #6966TextScoreAudio
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #194
Include 52 pre-1979 instances



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