1 Promise of hopefulness, pardon and peace;
Source of deliverance, blessed release;
Ground of our being, of darkness and light,
Love's possibility, enmity's night;
2 Cleave to the centre of selfish desire
Bring to creation by earth, wind or fire
All that is hoped for and all that's unseen:
Goodness and glory are more than a dream.
3 In our absurdity, clamour and war
Unseat our certainty, counter and floor
All sense of prejudice, hatred and then
Offer us strangers that we can befriend.
4 Give us the courage to enter this cleft,
Healing the hurt of the lost, the bereft,
Offering hope, though our love's crucified,
Soaking up malice where peace is denied;
5 Love is the answer to vengeance and wrath,
Going on loving in spite of the loss,
Facing the depth of depravity's gain,
Burning our hatred on love's sweeter flame.
6 Pour out your spirit, God, fill up our lives,
Offering loveliness, love that survives,
Then take and lift us and raise up our song:
Love is yet greater than all human wrong.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
Words © 1999 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk
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Metre: 10 10 10 10 Dactylic
Tune: KOSOVO (Andrew Pratt) No.57 in Whatever Name or Creed also available in USA from Hope Publishing.
Adrian Perry notated this tune and played it when it was first used in the Leigh & Hindley Circuit of the Methodist Church at the time of its composition.