Let There Be Light, Lord God of Hosts   Leave a comment

Europe in 1911

Above:  Map of Europe (1911)

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1908) by William Merrell Vories (1880-1964), in response to German militarism

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1931/1935), General Council of Congregational and Christian Churches

Alas, warmongers never cease to exist, do they?–KRT

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1.  Let there by light, Lord God of Hosts!

Let there be wisdom on the earth!

Let broad humanity have birth!

Let there be deeds, instead of boasts!

2.  Within our passioned hearts instill

The calm that endeth strain and strife;

Make us thy messengers of life;

Purge us from lusts that curse and kill.

3.  Give us the peace of vision clear

To see our brothers’ good our own,

To joy and suffer not alone:

The love that casteth out all fear!

4.  Let woe and waste of warfare cease,

That useful labor yet may build

Its homes with love and laughter filled!

God, give thy wayward children peace!

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