Immigrant Jesus

I’m not an American citizen.

I don’t have a lot of spare money at the moment.

What I can do is write hymn tunes.

So I’ve written one to this text by Gary Alderson:

1. You ran from oppression,
Crossed the baking sand;
Found your own safety
In an alien land.

And Rachel’s still weeping, weeping,
Weeping for her children.

2. And you found a haven
In that far off place;
Shielded and welcomed
By a foreign race,

And Rachel’s still weeping, weeping,
Weeping for her children.

3. Fled here as a stranger;
Ran in hope and fear.
What kind of welcome
Shall this child find here?

And Rachel’s still weeping, weeping,
Weeping for her children.

4. Now torn from my mother,
Caged in a free land,
Immigrant Jesus,
Come and take my hand.

And Rachel’s still weeping, weeping,
Weeping for her children.

It’s available on CPDL and here. CC by-SA as usual. I’ll try to get an underlaid version up by tomorrow morning, too, for people who prefer hymns with the words under the dots.

IMMIGRANT JESUS in pdf format

Robot clarionets:

Me singing:

My Patreon patrons are paying me for this, but I’m donating a portion of the funds to RAICES at the beginning of next month. I don’t know how much that will be yet, because I’ve committed other funds to some commissions, but it’ll probably be half of whatever’s left after that.

Please consider making a donation if you can.

Painting by Fra Angelico - Flight into Egypt

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