490. Turn Back, O Man, Forswear Thy Foolish Ways

1 Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways.
Old now is earth, and none may count her days,
Yet thou, her child, whose head is crowned with flame,
Still wilt not hear thine inner God proclaim—
"Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways."

2 Earth might be fair and all men glad and wise.
Age after age their tragic empires rise,
Built while they dream, and in that dreaming weep:
Would man but wake from out his haunted sleep,
Earth might be fair and all men glad and wise.

3 Earth shall be fair, and all her people one:
Nor till that hour shall God's whole will be done.
Now, even now, once more from earth to sky,
Peals forth in joy man's old, undaunted cry—
"Earth shall be fair, and all her folk be one!"

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways
Title: Turn Back, O Man, Forswear Thy Foolish Ways
Author: Clifford Bax (1916)
Meter: 10. 10. 10. 10. 10.
Publication Date: 1955
Scripture: ;
Topic: God: Kingdom; Peace on Earth; World Friendship and Peace (1 more...)
Copyright: Words used by permission of A. D. Peters.
Tune Information
Name: OLD 124TH
Meter: 10. 10. 10. 10. 10.
Key: F Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1551



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