317. In Christ There Is No East or West

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1 In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

2 In Christ shall true hearts everywhere
their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord
close-binding humankind.

3 Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

4 In Christ now meet both east and west;
in him meet south and north.
All Christly souls are one in him
throughout the whole wide earth.

Text Information
First Line: In Christ there is no east or west
Title: In Christ There Is No East or West
Author: John Oxenham (1908, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: The Church; Ecumenical; Reconciliation (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MC KEE
Adapter: Harry T. Burleigh (1940)
Meter: CM
Key: C Major
Source: African American spiritual; Jubilee Songs, 1884
Notes: (alternate tune: ST. PETER, 318)


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This setting expands and enhances the thematic inclusiveness of an early 20th-century text by adapting the melody of a traditional spiritual to carry these words. This 1940 pairing marked the first use of African American musical material in a mainline North American hymnal.


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