January 01, 2006

282R O Free Church Beyond Fixed Creeds

Original Title: "Christian, Rise, and Act Thy Creed," Francis Albert Rollo Russell (1893), NUREMBERG,, adapted from Rudolph Ahle (1664); New Title: "O Free Church Beyond Fixed Creeds," rev. REH (2006), GOTT SEI DANK,, Johann A. Freylinghausen (1704). A fellow in the (British) Royal Meterological Society, Rollo's hymns appeared in the aptly named collection Break of Day. James 2:14-15 (NRSV), "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but . . . a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food . . . and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?" Rollo was, perhaps contrary to expectation, a Unitarian (a fact which the otherwise thorough custodians at cyberhymnal.com do not mention). Despite that, it does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition, but does appear in The New Century Hymnal, as no. 537, under the name "Christian, Rise, and Act Your Creed," to the tune INNOCENTS.


1. O Free Church be-yond fixed creeds;
let your prayer be in your deeds;
seek the right, per-form the true,
raise your works and life a-new.

2. Hearts a-round you charged with care;
what can help their load to bear?
What can bring in-spir-ing power,
arm their fal-tering wills this hour?

3. Let your aims be hope and joy,
and your wor-ship God’s em-ploy,
rais-ing thanks in hum-ble zeal,
learn-ing ho-ly love to feel.

4. Come, O guide di-vine, and reign;
free-ing faith as-sailed in vain,
per-fect love be-reft of fear,
born in heaven and ra-diant here.

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