August 26, 2009
God is the only Landlord to whom our rents are due! : An Edwardian UK Christian-Socialist Hymn
This hymn was sung at processions, rent-strikes and May Day Masses in the 1900 -1930 era Christian Socialist gatherings associated with Father Conrad Noel, the "Red Vicar of Thaxted", Percy Dearmer, Basil Jellicoe and etc
Tune: Wir Pflugen und wir streuen "We plough the fields and scatter"
based on Charles Dalmon's "St George for Merrie England"
Tune MIDI [URL]: http://www.anglocatholicsocialism.org/wirpflug.mid
1. You faithful saints and martyrs
Who fought for truth and right,
We ask your prayers and blessings
To aid us in our fight.
Your faith shall be our watchword,
Your cause shall be our own -
To fight against oppression
Till it be overthrown.
Lift up the people's banner
And let the ancient cry
For justice and for freedom
Re-echo to the sky.
2. In many a golden story,
On many a golden page,
The poets in their poems
Have sung the golden age,
The age of love and beauty,
The age of joy and peace,
When everyone lived gladly
And shared the earth's increase.
3. Today the tyrants triumph
And bind us for their gains,
But Jesus Christ our Saviour
Will free us from our chains,
And love, the only master,
Will strive with might and greed,
Till might is right no longer,
And right is might indeed.
4. God is the only Landlord
To whom our rents are due.
God made the earth for everyone
And not for just a few.
The four parts of creation --
Earth, water, air, and fire --
God made and ranked and stationed
For everyone's desire.
5. God made the earth for freedom
And God alone is Lord,
And we will win our birthright
By truth's eternal sword;
And all the powers of darkness
And all the hosts of pride
Shall pass and be forgotten
For God is by our side.
6. Christ blessed the meek and told them
That they the earth should own.
And he will lead the battle
From his eternal throne.
O have no fear, my comrades,
Cry out in holy mirth!
For God to us has promised
His Kingdom here on earth.
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