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Sing we a song of high revolt

Sing we a song of high revolt. Frederik Herman Kaan* (1929-2009). Written during the season of Advent, 1965, for the Pilgrim Church, Plymouth, of which the author was minister, and published in Pilgrim Praise (1968). Its title, ‘Magnificat Now!’ directs attention to the verses of the Magnificat* which speak of scattering the proud, putting down the mighty from their seats, and filling the hungry with good things (Luke 1: 51-53). It ends with the admonition to bring the song of Mary into the present world: ‘to sing and live Magnificat/ in crowded street and council flat’ (altered in some American books to ‘walk-up flat’). The author notes that it caused controversy, and even led to questions...

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