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Abraham Had Stirring Dreams

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

1. Abraham had stirring dreams   (i)

That called for emigration.

Steadfast faith sustained his search

Despite its worst privation.

Joseph found in Pharaoh’s dreams   (ii)

An exit from starvation;

Food for family and friends

By means of innovation.


2. Noah shared God’s saving dream   (iii)

Which featured conservation;

Saving every form of life

From mass annihilation.

Mary sang a dream-like song   (iv)

Of human liberation;

Wealth and power shared by all

Creating celebration.


3. Jesus lived the sacred dream

Of people’s transformation;

Wholeness which forgiveness gifts

And health from expectation.

Each of us has power to live

The Christ’s illuminations

Finding sacredness within

Despite our limitations.


4. Dreamers cannot change the world

Without cooperation.

Solo fires must merge as one

Great source of inspiration.

Dreams can soon evaporate

Without determination

To assist hope’s strategies

Attain their consummation.


(i)      Genesis 12:1
(ii)     Genesis 41:33-36 & chapters 42-45
(iii)     Genesis 6:9-22
(iv)     Luke 1:46-55


Tune:  “Innovation”

Text and Music © William Livingstone Wallace

Harmony by Francis Dennis

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Tune:  “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”   (Scottish traditional)

Text © William Livingstone Wallace

Arrangement  © Barry Brinson

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