Ever since the first invasion
There has been a crossing here.
Even as you seek to shake it
London disregards your fear.
Linking North and Southwark shores
Bringing trade and people through
Sharing wealth’s the bridge’s bounty
for our many, not your few.
You have taken from our numbers
Tried to quell us, make us quiet
But watch us keeping London open
Pubs and cafes trade, defiant.
We may be made of flesh but there’s
resilience in human spirit
And at Pentecost today we welcome
the One who all in Christ inherit.
We can all be London Bridges
Span the tides that isolate
Meet ‘the other’, natural stranger
Learn to love – and laugh at hate.