Believe and Repent

This hymn about repentance was written by American Roman Catholic and at-the-time seminarian with the Paulist order (later pastoral associate) and self-taught musician and composer (Kenneth?) Ken Meltz  (ref and ref).

It was included on the B-side of an album  "Until he Comes, Music by Ken Meltz featuring the Roamin' Collars, which was released by the World Library of Sacred Music in 1971(ref).  This album was accompanied by a vocal booklet (unknown if this included sheet music, or only words) - which WLP have confirmed is now out of print (ref).

Despite the Roamin' Collars being disbanded, and the song apparently not being published again, it is still used in some places fifty years later.  It was recently requested by a visitor to this website, and there is one recent recording on YouTube.

If you know any more about the song, especially where to get sheet music, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of this page.

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No downloadable versions have been found, of either performances or the sheet music. If you know where to find one, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

Examples

Music group with keyboard - recorded live in a church-service:



Original folk-group recording:

Lyrics

Chorus:
The hour has come, believe and repent,
For the kingdom of God is at hand.

1 The restless soul longs for your peace,
Which only you can give.
Your kingdom, Lord, has come to me;
And now my heart can live.

2 The misty gloom has held its sway
The night has covered all;
O Son of God we dare to pray
And on your mercy call.

3 We live and thirst for justice Lord,
A gift beyond our power.
In faith and hope we stand restored;
The graces of the hour.

4 The mustard seed once planted low
Into a tree does grow
The kingdom of the Lord has come
And shelters his own

5 Refreshed made whole we humbly stand
Our future in your hand
How gracious are your works of love
All showered from above.

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Chorus:The hour has come, believe and repent,
For the kingdom of God is at hand.

1 The restless soul longs for your peace,
Which only you can give.
Your kingdom, Lord, has come to me;
And now my heart can live.

2 The misty gloom has held its sway
The night has covered all;
O Son of God we dare to pray
And on your mercy call.

3 We live and thirst for justice Lord,
A gift beyond our power.
In faith and hope we stand restored;
The graces of the hour.

4 The mustard seed once planted low
Into a tree does grow
The kingdom of the Lord has come
And shelters his own

5 Refreshed made whole we humbly stand
Our future in your hand
How gracious are your works of love
All showered from above.

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