Hymn for Christ the King or Advent 1

Music: PICARDY, French Carol,
(Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence)

Words by: Scott L. Barton, 2015

  1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

    As we grieve and mourn this day,

    Gasping in the face of violence,

    Lives and trust all torn away;

    We would ever be more faithful,

    Seeking peace from you, we pray

  2. Bombings that sow dread and terror,

    Making tears for those who are lost,

    Have the power to lead us to error,

    Tolerance for others the cost;

    We would ever be more faithful,

    Never sunk, although we be tossed.

  3. In the midst of fear and foreboding,

    Christ, your way still lives herein,

    Keep the love we've known from eroding,

    Reign o'er us, and draw us in;

    We would ever be more faithful,

    Loving all, again, we begin.


Biblical Reference: Luke 21:25-36

Tune: PICARDY, French Carol,               

This hymn was written in the wake of recent bombings in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut and would be suitable for congregational singing on November 22 or 29, or at any other appropriate time. The motto of Paris, "Elle est agitée par les vagues, et ne sombre pas,” essentially means, “Tossed, but not sunk.” Permission given for congregational use. The author would appreciate knowing where it is used at SCOTT.L.BARTON@GMAIL.COM.


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