The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Where Cross The Crowded Ways of Life

Words: Frank Mason North, 1903

Music: "Gardiner," William Gardiner (1770-1853), from Sacred Melodies, 1815
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Meter: LM

1. Where cross the crowded ways of life,
    Where sound the cries of race and clan,
Above the noise of selfish strife,
    We hear Thy voice, O Son of Man.

2. In haunts of wretchedness and need,
    On shadowed thresholds dark with fears,
From paths where hide the lures of greed,
    We catch the vision of Thy tears.

3. From tender childhood’s helplessness,
    From woman's grief, man's burdened toil,
From famished souls, from sorrow's stress,
    Thy heart has never known recoil.

4. The cup of water given for Thee
    Still holds the freshness of Thy grace;
Yet long these multitudes to see
    The sweet compassion of Thy face.

5. O Master, from the mountain side,
    Make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
Among these restless throngs abide,
    O tread the city's streets again;

6. Till sons of men shall learn Thy love,1
    And follow where Thy feet have trod;
Till glorious from Thy heaven above,
    Shall come the city of our God.


1. Or: Till all the world shall learn Thy love. Return

Sheet Music "Hursley" from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #156.

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