A hymn by Andrew Pratt written in response to the death of Nelson Mandela.
This day we have witnessed a man for all nations,
a man who was human, held fast what is right,
for this he would live with profound resignation,
he shone in the world, don't extinguish that light.
And we who are human stand now in remembrance,
frail shadows of all he has shown we can be.
Stand fast in this moment and cherish the values,
for which he once suffered that we might be free.
The man we remember has died, will be buried,
yet while we seek justice his theme will not fall.
His spirit is living, will not be extinguished,
the love he embodied is always for all.
© Andrew Pratt 05/12/2013
Suggested tunes: SAINT CATHERINE’S COURT; STREETS OF LAREDO (AT EASTERTIDE)