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GIVE ABRAHAM'S GOD PRAISE

 

Hebrew original: Daniel Ben Yehudah (14th century)

Translated from the Spanish by © Renato Lings 2014

With thanks to Thomas Olivers and George P. Simmonds

 

 

Give Abraham's God praise

Lift up God's holy name

Who was and is and evermore

Shall be the same.

The one eternal God

The universe did create

The First, the Last, the Being Supreme

Now celebrate!

 

God's Spirit, wise and free,

Blows anywhere it will,
Inspiring prophets in the past

It's speaking still.
Established is its law

And timeless it shall stand
Imprinted on the human heart

In every land.

 

The spark of life God has

Breathed into every soul.
God's love for humankind endures
While ages roll.
Blessed be the Great I Am.

Now the wonder of your God proclaim

Eternal, first and last, lift up

God's holy name!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MY LOVE SHALL
BE FOR YOU

Spanish Original: Amarte sólo a Ti, Señor

English Version: © Renato Lings 2008

 

 

 

   My love shall be for you, my Lord

   My love shall be for you, my Lord

   My love shall be for you, my Lord

   I never will look back.

   I’ll follow in your footsteps, Lord

   I’ll follow without fainting, Lord

   I’ll fall down at your altar, Lord

   I never will look back.

  

   I will keep close to you, my Lord

   Carry the cross with you, my Lord

   I will keep close to you, my Lord

   I never will look back.

   The children I'll protect, my Lord

   The weak I will sustain, my Lord

   The stranger I will welcome, Lord

   I never will look back.  

 

 

 

 

Hymns Translated

K. Renato Lings ©


WE DARE TO KEEP ON HOPING

(Tenemos esperanza)

 

Spanish original: Federico Pagura (Argentina)

English version: © Renato Lings, 2007

With thanks to Gary Hall, George Lockwood, and Nicola Slee.

 

 

  One

  Because Christ came to share the human story

  Because he broke the silence of our sorrow

  Because he filled the whole earth with his glory

  Because his light dispelled the darkest shadow

  Because his birth was in a lowly manger

  Because he radiated love and healing

  Because he caused the hearts of stone to tremble

  And lifted out of anguish the despondent.

 

REFRAIN

Because of Christ we dare to keep on hoping

Today we struggle with renewed endurance

Today we trust in him as we are facing

What lies ahead for us upon this planet

Because of Christ we dare to keep on hoping

Today we struggle with renewed endurance

Today we trust in him as we are facing

What lies ahead.

 

  Two

  Because he dared confront the greedy merchants

  And spoke against hypocrisy and evil

  Because he dignified each child and woman

  And cast aside the arrogant and haughty

  Because he bore the cross of all our sorrow

  And drank the bitter cup of our afflictions

  Because he would embrace our condemnation

  So as to die for every mortal person.

 

  Three

  Because one early morning saw his victory

  As he defeated death and fear and falsehood

  Because he slakes our thirst with living water

  His kingdom now is drawing ever closer

  Because he calls the humble to his presence

  To share the grace of his eternal spirit

  Because his joy empowers our existence

  To him belong the honour and the glory.