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Which Code Can Assist Us?

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

1. Which code can assist us

Uncover the fullness

Of living and loving

Which our spirits need?

The statements we sing now

Provide wisdom’s answers.

With God at the centre               (1)

Our spirits are freed.

Don’t try to confine God            (2)

To limited thinking.

Give God all the honor               (3)

With word and with deed.

Make time for a Sabbath           (4)

Of worship and resting.

Affirm every person                   (6)

Whatever their creed.


2. Respect your own parents.      (5)

Support all true bonding          (7)

Of family and partners

Till love fills each hour.

The truth should be spoken     (9)

In ways that show caring.

Don’t rob other people,            (8)

Don’t taint or devour.

Let go of all envy,                      (10)

Rejoice in life’s bounty.

Be open to others,

Share wisdom and power.

Remember commandments

Are no more than pointers;

Devoid of commitment

These seeds will not flower.


Note: The numerals in italics refer to the Commandments

References:  Exodus 20:1-17, Deuteronomy 5:1-21

Tune:  The Ash Grove (traditional Welsh folk song)


Text © William Livingstone Wallace

Arrangement © Barry Brinson

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