Ride on: ride on in majesty;
The palms affirm with certainty
Their claim – you are Messiah King.
The crowds join in and loudly sing.
Ride on; ride on – A peaceful plea –
A colt you ride symbolically.
They want a stallion and a sword
To fight a war. No peace accord!
Ride on; ride on for liberty.
The charge is your insurgency.
You claim to bring the temple down;
They’ll make you wear a special crown!
Ride on; ride on courageously,
In growing fierce hostility.
Enraged, they hate with lawless skill;
The men in power plan to kill.
Ride on; ride on to Calvary
With tortured grim integrity.
Absorb the pain; repay with grace
And thus transform the human race.
Tune: St. Drostane (Ride On! Ride On in Majesty)
Alternate Tune: Winchester New (The Baptist Shouts on Jordan’s Shore)
George Stuart has several self-published volumes of new lyrics to well-known hymn tunes.