Gather us in

Daily Reading for February 5 • The Martyrs of Japan

Gather us in, Thou love that fillest all;

Gather our rival faiths within thy fold.

Rend each man’s temple-veil and bid it fall,

That we may know that Thou hast been of old;

Gather us in.

Gather us in: we worship only Thee;

In varied names we stretch a common hand;

In diverse forms a common soul we see;

In many ships we seek one spirit-land;

Gather us in.

Each one sees one colour of thy rainbow-light,

Each looks upon one tint and calls it heaven;

Thou art the fullness of our partial sight;

We are not perfect till we find the seven;

Gather us in.

Prayer by G. D. Matheson (1842-1906), quoted in The Oxford Book of Prayer, edited by George Appleton (Oxford, 1985).

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