Ode to Joy (re-imagined by Billy Bragg)


See now like a Phoenix rising

From the rubble of the war

Hope of ages manifested,

Peace and freedom ever more.

Brothers, sisters, stand together,

Raise your voices now as one

Though by history divided,

Reconciled in unison!


Throw off now the chains of ancient

Bitterness and enmity

Hand in hand let’s walk together

On the path of liberty

Hark! A new dawn is breaking

Raise your voices now as one.

Though by history divided,

Reconciled in unison!


What’s to be then, oh my brothers?

Sisters, what is in your hearts?

Tell me now the hopes you harbour

What’s the task and where to start?

Though speak ten million voices

Every word is understood:

Furnish every heart with joy

And banish all hatred for good.

Published by guywilkinson

I am at the further end of a long journey which has taken me through times living abroad in Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius and Brussels as well as a great variety of countries for shorter visits; through a working life in international development, the European institutions, multinational business and latterly in the Church of England as a parish priest, Archdeacon and adviser to the Church nationally on inter religious affairs. For the past five years I have been a vicar again in the Earls Court area. I have chaired the London Faiths Forum, initiated the Near Neighbours programmes. I am a trustee of St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. I have grown up within the Church of England's parishes, chaplaincies and schools where its heartbeat is and I value it and its contribution to the formation of individuals and communities above all other structures, believing that it represents at its best the incarnational love of God for all people

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