O’er Continent and Ocean   1 comment

Ocean Beach in Sunset Palm Trees

Above:  Ocean Beach in Sunset Palm Trees

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1917) by John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964)

Hymn Source = Hymns of the Spirit (1937), American Unitarian Association and Universalist Church of America


1.  O’er continent and ocean,

From city, field and wood,

Still speak, O Lord, thy messengers

Of peace and brotherhood.

In Athens and Benares,

In Rome and Galilee,

They fronted kings and conquerors,

And taught mankind of Thee.

2.  We hear, O Lord, these voices,

And hail them as thine own,

They speak as speak the winds and tides

On planets far and lone.

One God, the Life of Ages,

One rule, his will above,

One realm, one wide humanity,

One law, the law of love.

3.  The tribes and nations falter

In rivalries of fear;

The fires of hate to ashes turn,

To dust the sword and spear.

Thy word alone remaineth;

That word we speak again;

O’er sea and shore and continent,

To all the sons of men.

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