Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet Sunday


One of my favorite-most hymns on the Hymns Triumphant album is "Once to Every Man and Nation." I remember first hearing it when I was a young teen and even then it had a profound effect on my heart. The tune is haunting; the same as the one used for the hymn, "O the Deep Love of Jesus." And the words, written by James Russell Lowell, are powerful and thought-provoking.

Once to Every Man and Nation

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

~James Russell Lowell

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I love this picture of Abraham Lincoln. Did you take it?