PSALM OF FREEDOM
It may seem a long time ago since Nelson Mandela walked the road out of his prison. But it was one of those events that caught the imagination of people around the world. I remembered the Mandela trial, when he conducted his own defence against his accusers in South Africa. But freedom is much wider than just southern Africa. Here is a psalm, assuming it might be used in public, with different voices, and everyone joining in the chorus.
- Nelson Mandela was freed from prison
he walked out a leader on the stage of the world.
- He'd been forced, in prison, to crush quarried stone
compelled to do hard labour, though a political prisoner;
- yet as a lawyer he'd been helping inmates
others were released through his legal expertise,
- and he befriended his warders also
it wasn't their fault they had him in their care!
- For twenty-seven years he was sustained in hope
he knew the people of the world were on his side.
- God bless Africa and guard her peoples
God bless South Africa and give her hope.
- Countries of the east have walked from their prisons
Europeans have mastered oppressive governments;
- new unity is coming after forty years of slavery
the language of freedom brings hope to those used to living with lies.
- God bless Europe and guide her leaders
give us your freedom and courage to tackle our problems together.
- In Britain we too can be narrow minded
we don't always give the same freedom to our people -
- living on an island can make us insular
there've always been two nations divided from each other.
- God bless our country and those who form opinion
help us continue our search for freedom in our communities.