I vow to love my neighbour, whatever race or creed – a hymn for love and unity

I vow to love my neighbour, whatever race or creed,
to join her in her suffering, to plead with him in need.
This love will always question, will search out right and wrong,
will give itself for justice, for those who don’t belong.
This love will never falter, till every soul is free,
till nations held in bondage can sing of liberty.

Through scenes of devastation, through famine, drought and war,
we’ll work in ways of gentleness, work hard till we restore
the vision of the people, the hope of human grace,
till nations dwell in peacefulness together in this place;
till all the world together can sing in joyful praise
till all have found communion together in our days.

Andrew E. Pratt (born 1948)
Words © 2004 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk.
Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.
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Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt was born in Paignton, Devon, England in 1948.

2 thoughts on “I vow to love my neighbour, whatever race or creed – a hymn for love and unity”

  1. Hi Andrew
    Thank you for this new hymn which speaks so clearly to us. Would the word ‘harmony’ scan slightly better than ‘peacefulness’?


    1. Thank you James. I think you are right, but as the item is already in copyright I will leave it. I am happy if you wished to use this and alter it in this way for your use. Regards. Andrew


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