They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.@Isaiah 2:4
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Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778)
© National Portrait Gallery

Augustus Toplady, Poems on Sacred Subjects 1759.

Mendon, German tune, arranged by Samuel Dyer, Supplement of Samuel Dyer’s Third Edition of Sacred Music 1828 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Great God, whom Heaven, and earth, and sea,
With all their countless hosts, obey;
Upheld by whom the nations stand,
And empires fall at Thy command.

Beneath Thy long suspended ire,
Let every antichrist expire;
Thy knowledge spread from sea to sea,
And distant nations bow to Thee.

Then show Thyself the Prince of Peace,
Command the din of war to cease;
With sacred love the world inspire,
And burn its chariots in the fire.

Let earth beneath Thy reign of love
A universal Sabbath prove:
Jesus her peaceful king adore,
And learn the act of war no more.