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Sounding Childhood

Lift aloft our banner (Band of Mercy)

Lift aloft our banner” was another song from the Bands of Mercy movement, and even today it is enjoyable to march to it swinging a flag!  Some of these tune evoked a militancy, not of fighting but of collective unity to bring justice and kindness to the earth: “we’ll join all nations, with peace, mercy, right, and love” (v. 2) to “protect the weak and helpless” (v. 2) and “Scatter freely seeds of kindness” (v. 3).  The words are by Rev. Thomas Timmins but he sets it, appropriately, to the well-known folk tune from America, used most famously with the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1862).

More discussion on this song can be found in Chapter 5, British Hymn Books for Children.

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