Courage my Soul: lyrics and transcript
Verses 1 and 2 and the refrain are by Charles Albert Tindley, updated by Donald Vails and Kent Stevenson.
Verse 3 is by Frederick N. West.
Verse 1, sung first by soloist: Courage my soul, and let us journey on, For the night is dark, and I am far from home. Praise be to God! The morning light appears. The storm is passing over, the storm is passing over, The storm is passing over, Hallelu! Refrain: Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! The storm is passing over, the storm is passing over, The storm is passing over, Hallelu! (Seattle Peace Chorus then repeats Verse 1) (Courage Ensemble joins SPC for Refrain) Verse 2, sung by Courage Ensemble: Thunder rolls, and billows shake the ground. See the lightning flashing, and dark clouds all around. Jesus walked the sea, and calmed the waters down. (Courage Ensemble then sings Refrain) Verse 3, sung by Seattle Peace Chorus: Come together, people of one song! Where the people lead, the leaders come along. Heal the mighty seas, and turn this world around! (Courage Ensemble joins SPC to sing Refrain, 3 times)
Transcript of Kent Stevenson’s closing remarks
It is our hope, with all of us working together, that the storms of injustice will indeed pass over. As we celebrate the life, and the home-going, of United States Congressman John Lewis—a man of pure joy and perseverance, a man who was a peacemaker, who led by example—we, then, are emboldened and empowered to keep our eyes on the prize, and never stop working for justice and peace, as John did. And one day, after all of our work has been made manifest, we can all say together: “Hallelu!”