Scripture Verse

One is your master, even Christ, and all you are brethren. Matthew 23:8

Introduction

Words: John A. War­ner, in Six­ty Sup­ple­ment­al Hymns (Uck­field, Eng­land: J. Brook­er & Sons, 1900).

Music: Ave Vir­go Vir­gin­um Jo­hann Roh, Ein Ge­sang­buch der Brü­der im Be­he­men und Mer­herrn (Nur­em­burg, Ger­ma­ny: 1544) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of War­ner (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Johann Roh
(1487–1547)

Lyrics

Brothers, joining hand to hand,
In one bond united,
Pressing onward to that land
Where all wrongs are righted:
Let your words and actions be
Worthy your vocation;
Chosen of the Lord, and free,
Heirs of Christ’s salvation.

Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life,
Who hath gone before you
Through the turmoil and the strife,
Holds His banner o’er you;
All who see the sacred sign
Press towards Heav’ns portal,
Fired by hope that is divine,
Love that is immortal.

They who follow fear no foe,
Care not who assail them;
Where the Master leads, they go,
He will never fail them;
Courage, brothers! we are one,
In the love that sought us;
Soon the warfare shall be done,
Through the grace He brought us.