Scripture Verse

He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc). Bil­horn wrote this song at the sug­ges­tion of Dan­i­el Whit­tle, who was tra­vel­ing with him on a train to Io­wa. It was first sung, from the man­u­script, in Ke­o­kuk, Io­wa. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as P. H. Rob­lin, one of Bil­horn’s pseu­do­nyms.

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Peter P. Bilhorn
(1865–1936)

Lyrics

There comes to my heart one sweet strain,
A glad and a joyous refrain,
I sing it again and again,
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.

Refrain

Peace, peace, sweet peace,
Wonderful gift from above,
Oh, wonderful, wonderful peace,
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.

Through Christ on the cross peace was made,
My debt by His death was all paid,
No other foundation is laid.
For peace, the gift of God’s love.

Refrain

When Jesus as Lord I had crowned,
My heart with this peace did abound,
In Him the rich blessing I found,
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.

Refrain

In Jesus for peace I abide,
And as I keep close to His side,
There’s nothing but peace doth betide.
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.

Refrain