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John Oxenham: No East or West

In God there is no East or West,

In You no South or North;

But one great fellowship of love

Throughout the whole wide earth.

In You do true hearts everywhere

Their high communion find;

Your service is the golden chord

Close-binding humankind.

Join hands, then, comrades of the faith,

Whate’er your race may be:

Who serves our Maker faithfully

Is surely kin to me.

In You now meet both East and West,

In You meet South and North;

All human souls are one in You

Throughout the whole wide earth.

John Oxenham (1852-1941) was the pseudonym for William Arthur Dunkerly, a prolific British poet, hymn-writer, and journalist. He used another pseudonym, Julian Ross, for journalism. In addition to hymns, he wrote more than 40 novels and books. Dunkerly was a deacon and teacher at Euling Congregational Church in London.

 

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