Scripture Verse

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

Introduction

portrait
Richard W. Adams
(1952–)

Words: Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, De­cem­ber 20, 2013.

Music: Ital­i­an Hymn Fe­lice de Gi­ar­di­ni, in The Col­lect­ion of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Cha­pel of the Lock Hos­pi­tal, 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
Felice de Giardini
(1716–1796)

Lyrics

Spirit of wisdom and power,
Protect us in this hour,
Of dreadful strife;
When scoffing lips surround
And righteousness confound,
When fear and hate abound,
Be our strong tower.

Darkness advances apace:
See, boldly sin is praised
And good reviled;
O give us hearts to fight
For holiness and right,
Enabled by Your might,
Wisdom and grace.

Protect our children from ill,
Be their defender still,
Give them Your light;
Immerse them in Your Word,
From them may truth be heard,
Let them Your Spirit gird
To do Your will.