San Salvador      

 
Friend of the friendless, and the One who cares

For every lonely, frightened, desperate man;

Kind Heart, attentive to the feeblest prayers,

Hastening to all who do the best they can;

Dear Host, sole owner of the house He built,

Who, coming unexpected to the door,

Knocks, and, if answered, breaks the chain of guilt,

And lets the soul go free to live once more;

Shepherd, who seeks His torn and filthy sheep,

Rejoicing when the longest lost is found;

Father, who sees the broken wastrel creep

Towards home, and, running, lifts him from the ground:

This is our God, entreating us to prove

His friends and live forever in His love.