William P. Rowan
Text Brian Wren
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. cong.
Lectionary usage Advent
Topics Advent, Alleluias, Eternal Life, Funeral, Hope, New Heaven and Earth, Resurrection, Social Justice
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 3' 50" Released 1/19
Catalog no. 405-170
Difficulty Mod. easy
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When all is ended, time and troubles past,
shall all be mended, sin and death out-cast?
In hope we sing, and hope to sing at last:
As in the night, when lightning flickers free,
and gives a glimpse of distant hill and tree,
each flash of good discloses what will be:
Against all hope, our weary times have known
wars ended, peace declared, compassion shown,
great days of freedom, tyrants overthrown:
Then do not cheat the poor, who long for bread,
with dream-worlds in the sky or in the head,
but sing of slaves set free, and children fed:
With earthy faith we sing a song of heaven:
all life fulfilled, all loved, all wrong forgiven.
Christ is our sign of hope, for Christ is risen:
With all creation, pain and anger past,
evil exhausted, love supreme at last,
alive in God, we’ll sing an unsurpassed
--Brian Wren, 1988. © 1989 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.