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O Young and Fearless Prophet

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 444
Text: S. Ralph Harlow, 1885-
Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876
Tune: BLAIRGOWRIE, Meter: 13 13.13 13

1.	O young and fearless Prophet 
	of ancient Galilee, 
	thy life is still a summons 
	to serve humanity; 
	to make our thoughts and actions 
	less prone to please the crowd, 
	to stand with humble courage 
	for truth with hearts uncowed. 

2.	We marvel at the purpose 
	that held thee to thy course 
	while ever on the hilltop 
	before thee loomed the cross; 
	thy steadfast face set forward 
	where love and duty shone, 
	while we betray so quickly 
	and leave thee there alone. 

3.	O help us stand unswerving 
	against war's bloody way, 
	where hate and lust and falsehood
	hold back Christ's holy sway; 
	forbid false love of country 
	that blinds us to his call, 
	who lifts above the nations 
	the unity of all. 

4.	Stir up in us a protest 
	against our greed for wealth, 
	while others starve and hunger 
	and plead for work and health; 
	where homes with little children 
	cry out for lack of bread, 
	who live their years sore burdened 
	beneath a gloomy dread. 

5.	O young and fearless Prophet, 
	we need thy presence here, 
	amid our pride and glory 
	to see thy face appear; 
	once more to hear thy challenge 
	above our noisy day, 
	again to lead us forward 
	along God's holy way. 

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