He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.@Psalm 72:4

Henry S. Holland, in the Commonwealth, 1902.

Rhuddlan, traditional Welsh tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry S. Holland (1847-1918)

Judge eternal, throned in splendor,
Lord of lords and King of kings,
With Thy living fire of judgment
Purge this land of bitter things;
Solace all its wide dominion
With the healing of Thy wings.

Still the weary folk are pining
For the hour that brings release;
And the city’s crowded clangor
Cries aloud for sin to cease.
And the homesteads and the woodlands
Plead in silence for their peace.

Crown, O God, Thine own endeavor;
Cleave our darkness with Thy sword;
Feed the faint and hungry heathen
With the richness of Thy Word;
Cleanse the body of this nation
Through the Gospel of the Lord.