Lift high the banner of these games
in this Olympic year,
that as we forge relationships
respect might cast out fear.
Whatever name or creed we bear,
we share a common birth,
our skill and our ability
is drawn from all the earth.
Four billion people watch and cheer,
each country hand in hand;
where race and faith and nation meet
we pledge to make a stand:
through training we achieve each goal,
the victory is won.
A greater challenge far, for all:
to treat this world as one.
And so, O God, we pray for grace
in each success or loss,
that we might find humility
to bear each crown or cross;
in circles of communion
to share a common task;
to work for peace, to build fresh hope,
is all we seek or ask.
Words: Andrew Pratt (born 1948) © 2012 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, www.stainer.co.uk.
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Tune: Twenty twelve © Sue Gilmurray 2012
Alternative tune: Vox dilecti (StF 248)