Where cross the crowded ways of lifeAuthor: Frank Mason North (1905)
Published in 328 hymnals
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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.
Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #343
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st. 1 = Matt. 9:36
st. 2 = Luke 19:41-42
st. 3 = Matt. 10:42, Mark 9:41
st. 5 = Rev. 21:2-4
Caleb T. Winchester, an editor of the 1905 Methodist Hymnal, challenged Frank M. North (b. Lower Manhattan, New York, 1850; d. Madison, NJ, 1935) to write a hymn text on city missions. North had intimate knowledge of urban life because of his work for the Methodist Church in New York City. Inspired by Jesus' words "Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find" (Matt. 22:9), North wrote "Where Cross the Crowded Ways." After making various revisions and adding a title ("A Prayer for the Multitudes"), he published the text in The Christian City (June 1903), a missions journal he edited. The text was also published in the 1905 Methodist Hymnal and in many other twentieth-century hymnbooks. Modern hymnals have changed the original "thous" and "thees" to "yous."
One of the earliest and finest modern "city hymns," this text focuses on the ills of our great urban centers (and ignores their benefits) with the insight and compassion of a Christian worker in the city slums. North's descriptive phrases may have been startling at the turn of the century, but they are even more accurate descriptions of the massive cities in our world today. His prescription to follow in the footsteps of Christ and bring the gospel in word and deed is relevant as long as the Lord delays in bringing the New Jerusalem.
Primarily a churchman, North devoted himself to loyal service in the Methodist denomination and to various ecumenical ventures. He was educated at Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut, and ordained in the Methodist Church in 1872. A minister in several churches in Florida, New York, and Connecticut, he also held administrative positions-secretary of the New York Church Extension and Missionary Society (1892-1912) and secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Church (1912-1924). He was involved with the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (forerunner of the National Council of Churches) and was the council's president from 1916-1920. Editor of the periodical Christian City, North was active in many organizations that promoted and carried out Christian ministries in urban life. North contributed hymns to Sursum Corda (1898) and the Methodist Hymnal (1905) and was a charter member of the Hymn Society, which republished his eight hymns in a booklet in 1970.
For urban ministries and other occasions that emphasize missions and diaconal work.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987
|Instances (1 - 30 of 30)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #311||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||WALTON||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||LM||1994||Missions | ; Social Concern ||
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #657||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||LM||Mark 9:41; Matthew 10:42||2010||The Church on Mission | Service; Ministry | ; Service | ; Social Concerns ||
|Chalice Hymnal #665||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North; Ruth Duck||LM||1995||God's World | Justice and Righteousness; Cities | ; Compassion | ; God: Righteousness | ; Jesus Christ: Love | ; Justice | ; Righteousness ||
|Common Praise (1998) #592||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where cross the Crowded Ways of Life||FULDA (WALTON)||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||LM||Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 10:40-42; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 1:40-45; Mark 6:30-34; Mark 6:53-56; Mark 9:38-50; Mark 10:13-16; Hebrews 13:1-16; Revelation 22:1-21||1998||Justice | ; Mission | ; Nation and City | ; Servanthood | ; The New Jerusalem | ; Peace ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #620||Where cross the crowded ways of life||ST BARTHOLOMEW||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||LM||Ezekiel 48:35; Luke 9:38-43; Luke 19:41-42; Mark 8:1-2; Mark 9:41; Psalm 55:9-11; Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:10||2000||Proper 8 | Year A; The City ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #719||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||WALTON||Frank M.North, 1850-1935||L M||2006||Justice, Peace | ; City ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #343||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||LM||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||2013||Compassion | ; Ecumenical | ; Healing | ; The Life of the Nations | ; A New Heaven and a New Earth | ; Social Concerns ||
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #609||Where cross the crowded ways of life||GARDINER||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||LM||1985|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #431||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where cross the crowded ways of life||GERMANY||Frank M. North||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #313||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North, 1860-1935||LM||Luke 19:41||2007||Assurance | ; Justice | ; Peace | ; Serviice ||
|Hymns of Faith #495||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||[Where cross the crowded ways of life]||Frank M. North||Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:40||1980||National | ; Social Righteousness ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #581||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||L.M.||Matthew 9:18-36; Matthew 10; Matthew 22:9; Mark 9:41; John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:17-24; Revelation 21:1-6||1995||Christ's Example | ; Christ--Compassion of | ; Christ--Invitation of | ; God--Kingdom of ||
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #490||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Franklin Mason North||1979||Christian Citizenship ||
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #408||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||LM||Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 11:28-30; Matthew 15:32||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #602||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank. M. North||LM||Matthew 9:36; Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41; Revelation 21||1987||Sickness & Health | ; Society/Social Concerns | ; War & Revolution | ; Missions | ; Poverty | ; Walk with God ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #482||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||LM||Mark 9:9; Matthew 10:42; Revelation 21:2||1985||Call and Response | ; City of God | ; Social Justice | ; Vision ||
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #355||Where cross the crowded ways of life||GARDINER||1985|
|Small Church Music #422||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Germany (Gardiner)||GERMANY (GARDINER)||Frank Mason North|
|Small Church Music #3184||Where cross the crowded ways of life||St. Bartholomew||ST. BARTHOLOMEW||Frank Mason North||18.104.22.168|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #149||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Germany (Gardiner)||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #622||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||L.M.||Isaiah 58:6-7; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 22:9||1996||19th Sunday after Pentecost | ; City | ; Justice and Peace | ; Nation and Society | ; Word and Teaching ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #7387||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank M. North||LM||<cite>The Christian City</cite>, 1903|
|The New Century Hymnal #543||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY (GARDINER)||Frank Mason North||L.M.||Luke 19:41; Revelation 22:20||1995||Jesus Christ | Presence of; Pain and Suffering | ; Service | ; Year A | Proper 8; Year C | Easter 7|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #427||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||LM||Matthew 22:9||1989||Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace | Social Holiness; City | ; Love | ; Social Concerns ||
|The Worshiping Church #433||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||L.M.||Romans 12:15; Matthew 5:1; Matthew 21:9; Luke 12:1; Revelation 21:2||1990||Jesus Christ | Physician; Thirst, Physical ||
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #608||Where cross the crowded ways of life||FULDA||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||88.88||Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 19:39-44; Matthew 10:38-42||1999||City | ; Compassion | ; Consolation | ; Healing | ; Jesus Christ | Humanity; Maundy Thursday | ; Ministry of God's People | ; Repentance | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | St Matthew; Social Justice | ; Witness to Community ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #681||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||FULDA||Frank Mason North||8 8 8 8||1996||The Church in the World | Commitment: Peace and Justice; Calling and Response | ; Church | Community in Christ; City/City of God | ; Commitment | ; Compassion | ; Concern | ; God | Kingdom, Majesty, Realm; Jesus Christ | Love of; Jesus Christ | Master; Jesus Christ | Presence; Justice | ; Love | ; Mercy | ; Peace (World) | ; Poverty | ; Service | ; Suffering | ; Union With God/Christ | ; Vision/Dream | ; Baptism of Jesus | Year A; Lent 2 | Year A; Proper 8 | Year A; Proper 9 | Year A; Epiphany 7 | Year B; Lent 2 | Year B; Proper 11 | Year B; Proper 18 | Year B; Proper 21 | Year B; Epiphany 7 | Year C; Lent 2 | Year C; Easter 7 | Year C; Proper 10 | Year C; Proper 16 | Year C; Proper 17 | Year C; Proper 19 | Year C; Proper 28 | Year C; New Year | Year ABC|
|Worship and Rejoice #591||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||GERMANY||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||L.M.||John 4:10; Luke 12:1; Matthew 21:9; Revelation 21:2; Matthew 9:41; John 16:33; Matthew 5:1||2001|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #133||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of LIfe||GERMANY||Frank Mason North||22.214.171.124.||1996||City | ; Healing | ; Human Family | ; Kingdom of God | ; Living Christ | ; Love |||<cite>Christian City</cite>, 1903, alt.|
|生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #456||人生路程分歧之處， (Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life)||人生路程分歧之處， (Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life)||GERMANY||Frank M. North||1986|