A hymn of thanks for Michael Servetus


(Sung to the Old 124th)

Praise God for Michael, honoured child of Spain:
land of the sunshine; also land of pain.
Jews, Moors and Christians trying to be one
but three-fold dogma means it can't be done.
Praise God for Michael, honoured child of Spain.

Praise God for Michael, true renaissance man
who first describes the holy spirit's plan
as like a body circulates its blood
so light from Christ disperses in a flood.
Praise God for Michael, true renaissance man.

Praise God for Michael, scholar of the page
student of languages from every age
who reads his Bible searching for the three
but what he finds is damned with heresy.
Praise God for Michael, scholar of the page.

Praise God for Michael, brazen, wild and bold;
enters Geneva and the tyrant's fold
where he is captured and condemned to burn:
making a lesson for the world to learn.
Praise God for Michael, brazen, wild and bold

"Sweet Jesus, mercy: God Eternal's son."
People still struggle, freedom's scarcely won.
May we who honour Michael and his kind
still work to free the body and the mind.
"Sweet Jesus, mercy: God Eternal's son."

Andrew M. Hill 22 October 2003

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