As Tranquil Streams

As tranquil streams that meet and merge

Author: Marion Franklin Ham
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 As tranquil streams that meet and merge
and flow as one to seek the sea,
our kindred hearts and minds unite
to build a church that shall be free —

2 Free from the bonds that bind the mind
to narrow thought and lifeless creed;
free from a social code that fails
to serve the cause of human need:

3 A freedom that reveres the past,
but trusts the dawning future more;
and bids the soul, in search of truth,
adventure boldly and explore.

4 Prophetic church, the future waits
your liberating ministry;
go forward in the power of love,
proclaim the truth that makes us free.

Source: Singing the Living Tradition #145

Author: Marion Franklin Ham

Born: February 18, 1867, Harveysburg, Ohio. Died: July 23, 1956, Arlington, Massachusetts. Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ham began his career as a journalist and bank clerk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ordained a Unitarian minister in 1898, he pastored in Chattanooga (1898-1904); at the First Church in Dallas, Texas (1904-09); and in Reading (1909-34), Waverly (1934-42), and Gardner, Massachusetts (1943-45). The Meadville Theological School in Chicago, Illinois, awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1942, the year he retired. Ham’s works include: The Golden Shuttle, 1896 The Kinchin Stories, 1914 Songs of the Spirit, 1932 Songs of Faith and Hope, 1940 O Mother-Heart, 1941… Go to person page >

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First Line: As tranquil streams that meet and merge
Title: As Tranquil Streams
Author: Marion Franklin Ham
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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