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HYMN ON THE WELCOME TO MEDINA
by Amherst D. Tyssen
The governors of Yathreb They laid their maces down, They made the Meccan exile The ruler of their town; To him they came for judgment In each disputed cause; They offered him their tribute, They bade him frame their laws. They swore with manly fealty To serve him e'en to death, Confessing him their prophet With life's expiring breath. Their very lives they perilled, They laboured and they fought; For in good truth they deemed him By God divinely taught. Lord grant that we, renouncing All selfishness and pride, At Thy command may freely Cast wealth and power aside. Attentive may we listen Where'er Thy voice is heard, And life itself surrender Obedient to Thy word. Consistent with Thy precepts Our journey may we trend, Stern duty's path pursuing Unswerving to the end. Thus we, like Yathreb's heroes, Shall brave examples be Of worldly weal discarded For faithfulness to Thee.