Magnificat for today – Upturned world, the bankers humbled

Upturned world, the bankers humbled,
politicians brought to book,
children show new ways of living,
heads will spin and turn to look.
Mary sang, exultant woman,
birth would change her life and ours,
generations watch with wonder,
shaken like wealth’s shining towers.

Love incarnate’s gentle thunder
wakes the earth to truth and light,
hypocrites meet naked justice,
find no place in fear for flight.
Mary sings, when will we hear her:
revolution born of love,
heralding new dispensation,
cage the hawk and free the dove?

When the prison gates are broken,
when the poor can feast and dine,
then Magnificat is bringing
age of justice and new wine.
Wine of joy and celebration,
end of hunger, God is near,
time of endless new beginnings,
birth of Jesus, end of fear.

Andrew E Pratt (born 1948) from More than hymns
Words © 2015 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England,
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Metre: 8 7 8 7 D
Tune: BETHANY (Smart)