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GATHERED IN THIS PLACE OF WORSHIP,
CELEBRATING DAYS GONE BY,
FRIENDSHIPS OF THE PAST ARE NURTURED
IN THE SIGHT OF ONE ON HIGH.
SHARING WHERE OUR LIVES HAVE LED US -
TRIAL AND JOY, OUR HISTORY.
YET THE FUTURE CALLS US ON FROM
WHAT WE ARE TO YET MAY BE.
NOW WE COME TO PRAISE OUR MAKER
FOR THE FRIENDSHIPS WE HOLD DEAR.
THOSE WHO DWELL IN FAR-OFF PLACES
JOIN WITH THOSE REMAINING HERE,
OFF'RING PRAY'R FOR ABSENT MEMBERS
AND FOR THOSE PASSED TO YOUR CARE;
GIVING THANKS FOR THIS OUR ANCHOR
NESTLED IN THESE HILLS SO FAIR.
STILL WE LEARN UPON LIFE'S JOURNEY,
FEELING YET OUR MENTORS' HANDS.
WE, YOUR CHILDREN, SEEK A WORLD OF
PEACE AND JUSTICE IN ALL LANDS.
MAY EACH COMING GENERATION
KNOW THE REASON AND THE RHYME
OF A LIFE LONG LOVE OF LEARNING
ON THE PLAYING FIELDS OF TIME.
alternate last line for verse 2: NESTLED IN THIS LAND SO FAIR.
© April 2002 Doreen Lankshear-Smith, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Originally written for Bridport Grammar School, Bridport, Dorset, England