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We Honor Harriet Tubman

Recommended Tune: Munich, 76 76 D, Gesangbuch, Meiningen (1693)
Harmonized: Felix Mendelssohn (1847)

We honor Harriet Tubman,
the "Moses of her race."
She lived her life with courage
and leaned upon God's grace.
She rose above affliction,
dire poverty and pain,
and helped to free her people
from cruelty and shame.

She would not be degraded
by lack of livelihood.
but 'gainst all odds she battled
to save her personhood.
Although she lived with trauma,
uprooted, torn from kin,
she shared her prized possession:
God's guiding light within.

This light led her to action
to seek a better life
for all who lived in bondage,
besieged by bitter strife.
She used both wit and wisdom
to orchestrate escape
which could save slaves from suff'ring
their feared and dreaded fate.

She nursed those sorely wounded
in body and in soul,
and fought to give all women
their longed-for, rightful role.
May we remember Harriet
who answered God's clear call.
May we too daily struggle
to live God's love for all.


Edith Sinclair Downing's photo, biography, contact information and links to additional songs and choral music are available on the Discipleship Ministries website.

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