Friday, 31 October 2014

Ebola hymn - How can we look, and not be moved

How can we look, and not be moved,
by lives that end and eyes that plead,
where parents cry while families part
amid their last despairing need.

Once we were distanced from the ones
that suffered while we stood to stare.
God give the gift of empathy
that we might offer more than prayer.

If all the world could live as one
then we would feel another's pain,
we'd feel each death as if our own
like links within a human chain.

When death and misery abound,
when illness strikes the human race,
God strengthen, fill us, with your hope
and bind us with your love and grace.
Copyright Andrew Pratt 30/10/2014
Hymn responding to the Ebola crisis.
Tune: BRESLAU; ABENDS
Please use freely but include on your CCL return if you have one.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WORLD WAR ONE - WW1 - SSAFA HYMN 2

A century passes, memories will fade



1                                   A century passes, memories will fade;
                                      war’s sun goes down, sharp pain is hid in shade.
                                      Yet still we pray for peace, as those men prayed;
                                      we will remember them. [we will remember, we will remember.]

2                                   Ten times ten thousand fell amid that rage.
                                      What is the gain we measure from that age,
                                      once reaped from carnage on that harrowed stage?
                                      We will remember them. [We will remember, we will remember.]

3                                   While some were buried, others have no grave,
                                      unmarked they fell, yet all, we say, were brave,
                                      and still we stand in thanks for all they gave:
                                      we will remember them. [we will remember, we will remember.]

4                                   Then let us work and move and strive for peace
                                      until the grace of God can bring release,
                                      and then all nations sing and never cease:
                                      Alleluia! [Alleluia! Alleluia!]

                                                Andrew Pratt (born 1948)


The tunes ENGELBERG or SINE NOMINE are commended for this text. When using SINE NOMINE the alternative verse endings shown in square brackets should be sung.

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WORLD WAR ONE - WW1 - HYMN FOR SSAFA 1



Once crimson poppies bloomed


                1              Once crimson poppies bloomed
                                out in a foreign field,
                                each memory reminds
                                where brutal death was sealed.
                                The crimson petals flutter down,
                                still hatred forms a thorny crown.

                2              For in this present time
                                we wait in vain for peace,
                                each generation cries,
                                each longing for release,
                                while war still plagues the human race
                                and families seek a hiding place.

                3              How long will human life
                                suffer for human greed?
                                How long must race or pride,
                                wealth, nationhood or creed
                                be reasons justifying death
                                to suffocate a nation’s breath?

                4              For everyone who dies
                                we share a quiet grief,
                                the pain of loss remains,
                                time rarely brings relief,
                                and so we will remember them
                                and heaven sound a loud amen.

                                                                Andrew Pratt (born 1948)

                                The tune LITTLE CORNARD is commended for this text

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

METAPHOR...Uneasy language strains to form a vocal backdrop for the earth

Uneasy language strains to form
a vocal backdrop for the earth,
each metaphor will slip and slide
as rank confusion comes to birth.

We need to grip these powerful tools
which bring a richness to our thought,
to understand each twist and turn,
while finer truth is being wrought.

Transcendent energies will surge
beyond the value of each word,
that sound a deeper, richer note,
and challenge what once seemed absurd.

So bring these strategies to bear,
to make a mightier music now.
And as we listen earth will groan,
praise comes, creation shows us how!
Andrew Pratt 31/3/2014
Following a lecture by Rosalind Selby at Luther King House

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela Hymn

This day we have witnessed a man for all nations, 
a man who was human, held fast what is right, 
for this he would live with profound resignation,
he shone in the world, don't extinguish that light.

And we who are human stand now in remembrance, 
frail shadows of all he has shown we can be. 
Standfast in this moment and cherish the values, 
for which he once suffered that we might be free.

The man we remember has died, will be [has been] buried, 
yet while we seek justice his theme will not fall
His spirit is living, will not be extinguished, 
the love he embodied is always for all.
Copyright Andrew Pratt 5/12/013
At the death of Nelson Mandela


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

HURRICANE / TORNADO HYMN


A twisting wind that wreaks such devastation,
a town like matchwood torn and turned around;
an act of God? Or nature's self destruction?
Here people die, trees rooted from the ground.

It seems there is no safety in this carnage.
And where is God when random death walks in
destroying buildings, tossing cars like pennies?
A game where all will lose, and none can win.

Within a school, or with a homeless stranger,
the Christ will suffer in this human loss;
and God will love amid this human grieving,
as once he loved while hanging on a cross.
© Andrew Pratt 21/5/2013
Tune: INTERCESSOR
andrewpratt@btconnect.com

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