Title: O God, We Bear the Imprint of Your Face
Composer: Melody and bass: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) Harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906 As in The English Hymnal, 1906
Author: Shirley Erena Murray, 1987
Theme: Life in Christ
1. O God, we bear the imprint of Your face: The colors of our skin are Your design, And what we have of beauty in our race As man or woman, You alone define, Who stretched a living fabric on our frame And gave to each a language and a name. 2. Where we are torn and pulled apart by hate Because our race, our skin is not the same; While we are judged unequal by the state And victims made because we own our name, Humanity reduced to little worth, Dishonored is Your living face on earth. 3. O God, we share the image of Your Son Whose flesh and blood are ours, whatever skin, In His humanity we find our own, And in His family our proper kin: Christ is the brother we still crucify, His love the language we must learn, or die.