Where cross the crowded ways of lifeAuthor: Frank Mason North (1905)
Published in 310 hymnals
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Where cross the crowded ways of life,
Where sound the cries of race and clan,
Above the noise of selfish strife,
We hear thy voice, O Son of man.
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 thy tears.
From tender childhood's helplessness,
From woman's grief, man's burdened toil,
From famished souls, from sorrow's stress,
Thy heart hath never known recoil.
The cup of water given for thee
Stills holds the freshness of thy grace;
Yet long these multitudes to see
The sweet compassion of thy face.
O Master, from the mountain side,
Make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
Among these restless throngs abide,
O tread the city's streets again;
Till sons of men shall learn thy love,
And follow where thy feet have trod;
Till glorious from thy heaven above,
Shall come the City of our God.
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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
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|Instances (19)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #657||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||188.8.131.52||Mark 9:41; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41||GERMANY||A Flat Major||2010|
|Chalice Hymnal #665||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North; Ruth Duck||184.108.40.206||GERMANY||A Flat Major||English||1995|
|Common Praise #592||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||220.127.116.11||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; 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||FULDA (WALTON)||A Major||1998|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #719||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Frank M.North, 1850-1935||18.104.22.168||WALTON||A Major||2006|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #609||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||William Gardiner, 1770-1853||22.214.171.124||GARDINER||A Flat Major||English||1985|
|Hymns of Faith #495||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank M. North||Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:40||[Where cross the crowded ways of life]||A Flat Major||1980|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #408||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||Ludwig van Beethoven||126.96.36.199||Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 11:28-30; Matthew 15:32||GERMANY||A Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #602||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank. M. North||188.8.131.52||Matthew 9:36; Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41; Revelation 21||GERMANY||A Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #482||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||184.108.40.206||Mark 9:9; Matthew 10:42; Revelation 21:2||GERMANY||B Flat Major||English||1985|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #473||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Franklin Mason North, 1850-1935||GERMANY||A Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #355||Where cross the crowded ways of life||GARDINER||1985|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #149||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Germany (Gardiner)||2006|
|The New Century Hymnal #543||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||220.127.116.11||Luke 19:41; Revelation 22:20||GERMANY (GARDINER)||A Major||1995|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #427||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||18.104.22.168||Matthew 22:9||GERMANY||B Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #433||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North||22.214.171.124||Romans 12:15; Matthew 5:1; Matthew 21:9; Luke 12:1; Revelation 21:2||GERMANY||A Flat Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #608||Where cross the crowded ways of life||126.96.36.199||1999|
|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||Frank Mason North||188.8.131.52||FULDA||A Flat Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #591||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||Frank Mason North, 1850-1935||184.108.40.206||John 4:10; Luke 12:1; Matthew 21:9; Revelation 21:2; Matthew 9:41; John 16:33; Matthew 5:1||GERMANY||A Flat Major||English||2001|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #133||Where cross the crowded ways of life||Germany||1996|