Number: 408
Title: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Composer: alt.Attr. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Gardiner's Sacred Melodies, 1815
Author: Frank Mason North, 19005;
Scripture: Matthew 4:23-24 Matthew 10:42 Matthew 10:28-30 Matthew 15:32
Theme: Life in Christ

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 fraught with fears,
    From paths where hide the lures of greed,
    We catch the vision of Thy tears.

3.  From tender childhood's helplessness,
    From human grief and 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 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 Thy love,
    And follow where Thy feet have trod;
    Till glorious from Thy heaven above
    Shall come the city of our God.