1. Thou God of all, whose spirit moves
From pole to silent pole,
Whose purpose binds the starry spheres
In one stupendous whole,
Whose life, like light, is freely poured
On all beneath the sun,
To Thee we lift our hearts, and pray
That Thou wilt make us one.
2. One in the patient company
Of those who heed Thy will,
And steadfastly pursue the way
Of Thy commandments still;
One in the holy fellowship
Of those who challenge wrong,
And lift the spirit’s sword to shield
The weak against the strong.
3. One in the truth that makes men free,
The faith that makes men brave;
One in the love that suffers long
To seek, and serve, and save;
One in the vision of Thy peace,
The kingdom yet to be,
When Thou shalt be the God of all,
And all be one in Thee.
Born: November 29, 1879, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died: April 3, 1964, New York City.
Buried: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, New York City.
Holmes graduated from Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa. His grandfather, John Cummings Haynes, manager of the Oliver Ditson music publishing house, helped pay his Harvard tuition. Holmes was ordained in 1904, and became minister of the Unitarian Third Congregational Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts. In February 1907, he became junior minister at the Church of the Messiah in New York City. His works include:
I Speak for Myself, 1959
Collected Hymns, 1960
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