We Utter Our Cry

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1 We utter our cry: that peace may prevail,
that earth will survive, and faith must not fail.
We pray with our life for the world in our care,
for people diminished by doubt and despair.

2 We cry from the fright of our daily scene
for strength to say "No" to all that is mean:
designs bearing chaos, extinction of life,
all energy wasted on weapons of death.

3 We lift up our hearts for children unborn;
give wisdom, O God, that we may hand on,
replenished and tended, this good planet Earth,
preserving the future and wonder of birth.

4 Creator of life, come, share out, we pray,
your Spirit on earth, revealing the Way
to leaders conferring round tables for peace,
that they may from bias and guile be released.

5 Come with us, Lord; love, in protest and march,
and help us to fire with passion your church,
to match all our statements and lofty resolve
with being, unresting, in action involved.

6 Whatever the ill or pressure we face,
Lord, hearten and heal, give insight and grace
to think and make peace with ech heartbeat and breath,
choose Christ before Caesar and life before death!

Author: Fred Kaan

Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens. Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregation… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We utter our cry: that peace may prevail
Title: We Utter Our Cry
Author: Fred Kaan (1983)
Language: English
Copyright: Words © 1984 Hope Publishing Co.




LYONS, named for the French city Lyons, appeared with a reference to “Haydn” in volume 2 of William Gardiner’s (PHH 111) Sacred Melodies. However, the tune was never found in the works of Franz Joseph Haydn or those of his younger brother Johann Michael Haydn. Recent research revealed that the…

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