Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life Lyrics
1 Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of Man.
2 In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds fraught with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.
3 From tender childhood’s helplessness,
from human grief and burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow’s stress,
your heart has never known recoil.
4 The cup of water given for you
still holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.
5 O Master, from the mountainside,
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide;
O tread the city’s streets again;
6 Till all the world shall learn your love,
and follow where your feet have trod;
till glorious from your heaven above
shall come the city of our God.
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life Hymn Story
“Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” is a hymn that was written in 1905 by Frank Mason North. The tune used is “GERMANY” by Gardiner.
This hymn came about after Frank Mason North was challenged by the then editor of the Methodist hymnal, Caleb T Winchester to write a hymn text on city missions.
Mason was inspired by Matthew 22:9, “Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find”.
The song therefore focuses on the ills bedeviling the city and the need for the messages of Jesus to be spread there.
He talks of the clash of clan and race in the cities and that through all this we still hear the voice of the son of Man.
The song further talks of the lures of greed in the cities and that through that we see Jesus tears about all this evil.
This talk of greed in cities is even truer now in our day than it was in 1900s.
Most of the financial crises that have affected the world recently are the result of greed.
And now because of the globalized world greed in one rich country can cause upheavals all over the world causing poverty and misery to hundreds of millions of people.
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