Hymn Lord Of The Dance

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Lord Of The Dance
Words by Sydney Carter (b.1915)

This hymn is suitable as the second hymn sung after the marriage ceremony, which is in praise and celebration of the union, and is also suitable to sing at Easter weddings.

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I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth;
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the pharisee,
But they would not dance and they would not follow me.
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John
They came with me and the dance went on.


I danced on the Sabbeth and I cured the lame;
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me on high;
They left me there on a cross to die.


I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;
But I’m the dance and I still go on.


They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that will never, never die;
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me
I am the Lord of the Dance said he.


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