Give voice to the prophets who speak the hard word;
Who have waited and listened for what must be heard.
Their lives they may forfeit, their loves they might lose,
But they speak as they find and they call us to choose.
Give voice to the voiceless who suffer alone,
Who have waited in silence, their suffering unknown;
Though horrors surround them, though no one comes near;
They speak in their silence and Christ bids us hear
Give voice to the questions that won’t go away;
We have all found it hard to believe what we say.
Christ’s spirit still breathes through our darkness and doubt
And we hope in a Kingdom whose truth shall win out
Give voice to the Christ who has suffered and died,
His message of peace speaks through those who have cried,
‘Our lives may be forfeit, our suffering he knows,
Yet our shame is his glory; we go where he goes’
Give voice to the praises that rise in the heart;
What our words can’t express let our spirits impart.
Give voice in life’s beauty and voice in life’s pain,
And never cease praising till Christ comes again.
Words: Michael Docker © 2011
Metre: 18.104.22.168 Anapaestic
Suggested tune: Stowey (StF 126)