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August 18, 2005

146R All Hail, the Pageant of the Years

John Haynes Holmes, O JESU, 8.6.8.6.8.8., Johann Balthazar Reimann (1741), rev. REH (2005). Though there are touches of the Divine here, the images here lie mainly in the humanist realm. All the same, it is absent from Singing the Living Tradition. "Brotherhood" from Hymns of the Spirit Two has become "neighborhood" here.

O JESU (8.6.8.6.8.8.)

1. All hail, the pag-eant of the years
that end-less come and go,
the brave pro-ces-sion of the spheres,
in Time's re-sist-less flow-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!


2. Be-hind us fade the cen-tur-ies
of those who wars would plan,
the fierce and foul fu-til-i-ties
of bat-tling tribe and clan-
A-rise and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

3. A-round us lies the her-i-tage
of clash-ing sword and shield;
The want and waste, the hate and rage
of many a glor-ied field-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

4. Be-hold, there looms the mys-ter-y
of love di-vin-er far,
there speaks the stead-fast pro-phe-cy
of na-tions freed from war-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

5. The ae-ons come, the ae-ons go,
the stars nor pause nor cease;
On wings of si-lence, soft as snow,
shall come the boon of peace:
All hail, our days are crowned with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!
A-men.

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