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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Northern Saints:St Cuthbert

For St Cuthbert

"For St Cuthbert" is a hymn written by Kevin Nichols - a priest, poet and author of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese.
Mgr Kevin Nichols died in January 2006.

 

This Northern sea of ours you knew
this island set apart
where once you dwelt in quietness
this Eden of the heart;
knew the gull's way, knew the wind's way,
knew the secrets of the sea,
and the Lord walked there in the evening
as of old in Galilee.

Yet no man is an island
of empty desolate shores,
but the death of each one lessens me
and the life of each restores.

Then from that island's solitude
a neighbour's call you heard:
"Come over now and help us
who hunger for God's word".
In that word's strength in the gospel's power
you left that tranquil place
God's traveller, God's journeyman
on youe pilgrimage of grace.

For no man is an island
of empty desolate shores,
but the death of each one lessens me
and the life of each restores.

Our Northern land of changing skies
which blossomed in your care
is blessed in your memory
and strengthened by your prayer.
With our mind's truth, with our heart's love
through joy and fear and pain,
to the faith you gave, to the hope you lived,
we bind ourselves again.

For no man is an island
of empty desolate shores,
but the death of each one lessens me
and the life of each restores.

© Kevin Nichols