How right it is to celebrate
That day by Galilee
When Sons of Thunder left their nets
At Christ's 'Come, follow me!'
But it takes time, and grace, to turn
A sinner into saint;
To teach self-seekers how to serve,
Hot tempers love's restraint.
Though James was privileged to see
Christ's glory on the Mount,
And all the mighty things he did,
He knew not what they meant.
It takes a cross and Easter Day
For faith to be full-grown:
And James will be among the first
To wear a martyr's crown.
It matters not we call him Great,
Another James the Less;
Sufficient if we serve the Lord
With quiet faithfulness!
To God alone, whom every saint
Most joyfully obeys,
To Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Be everlasting praise!