Scripture Verse

He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in sunder; He burns the chariot in the fire. Psalm 46:9


Words: William W. Reid, Jr., 1958.

Music: Llang­lo­ffan, from Hym­nau a Tho­nau, by Da­ni­el S. Ev­ans (Lon­don: No­vel­lo, 1865) (🔊 pdf nwc).

William W. Reid, Jr. (1923–2007)


O God of ev­ery na­tion,
Of ev­ery race and land,
Redeem the whole cre­ation
With your al­migh­ty hand.
Where hate and fear di­vide us
And bit­ter threats are hurled,
In love and mer­cy guide us
And heal our strife-torn world.

From search for wealth and pow­er
And scorn of truth and right,
From trust in bombs that show­er
Destruction through the night,
From pride of race and sta­tion
And blind­ness to your way,
Deliver ev­ery na­tion,
Eternal God, we pray.

Lord, strength­en those who la­bor
That all may find re­lease
From fear of rat­tling sa­ber,
From dread of war’s in­crease;
When hope and cour­age fal­ter,
Your still small voice be heard;
With faith that none can al­ter,
Your ser­vants un­der-gird.

Keep bright in us the vi­sion
Of days when war shall cease,
When hat­red and di­vi­sion
Give way to love and peace,
Till dawns the morn­ing glo­ri­ous
When truth and jus­tice reign
And Christ shall rule vic­to­ri­ous
O’er all the world’s do­main.