Scripture Verse

Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with? Mark 10:38


Earl B. Marlatt (1892–1976)

Words: Earl B. Mar­latt, 1926. Mar­latt was on the fa­cul­ty at the Bos­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Theo­lo­gic­al Sem­ina­ry School of Re­li­gious Edu­ca­tion when he was asked to write an orig­in­al hymn for a con­se­cr­ation ser­vice.

Music: Bea­con Hill Har­ry S. Ma­son, 1924 (🔊 pdf nwc). Ma­son was a gra­du­ate stu­dent at the same school.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ma­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Are ye able, said the Mas­ter,
To be cru­ci­fied with Me?
Yea, the stur­dy dream­ers an­swered,
To the death we fol­low Thee.


Lord, we are able. Our spi­rits are Thine.
Remold them, make us, like Thee, di­vine.
Thy guid­ing ra­di­ance above us shall be
A bea­con to God, to love and loy­al­ty.

Are you able to re­lin­quish
Purple dreams of pow­er and fame,
To go down in­to the Gar­den,
Or to die a death of shame?


Are ye able, when the ang­uish
Racks your mind and heart with pain,
To for­give the souls who wrong you,
Who would make your striv­ing vain?


Are ye able to re­mem­ber,
When a thief lifts up his eyes,
That his par­doned soul is wor­thy
Of a place in pa­ra­dise?


Are ye able when the sha­dows
Close around you with the sod,
To be­lieve that spi­rit triumphs,
To com­mend your soul to God?


Are ye able? Still the Mas­ter
Whispers down eter­ni­ty,
And heroic spi­rits an­swer,
Now as then in Ga­li­lee.


William Bouguereau (1825–1905)