O Day of God, Draw Nigh

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1 O Day of God, draw nigh
in beauty and in power;
come with thy timeless judgment now
to match our present hour.

2 Bring to our troubled minds,
uncertain and afraid,
the quiet of a steadfast faith,
calm of a call obeyed.

3 Bring justice to our land,
that all may dwell secure,
and finely build for days to come
foundations that endure.

4 Bring to our world of strife
your sovereign word of peace,
that war may haunt the earth no more
and desolation cease.

5 O day of God, draw nigh
as at creation’s birth,
let there be light again, and set
your judgments on the earth.

Source: Chalice Hymnal #700

Author: R. B. Y. Scott

Scott, Robert Balgarnie Young. (Toronto, Ontario, July 18, 1899--November 1, 1987). United Church. University of Toronto, B.A., 1922; M.A., 1924; Ph.D., 1928. Pastorate at Long Branch, Ont., 1926-1928; professor of Old Testament at Union College (Vancouver), 1928-1931; United Theological College (Montreal), 1931-1955; Princeton University, 1955-1968; also dean of divinity at McGill University (Montreal), 1945-1955. Published many translations of, and commentaries on, Old Testament material, as well as on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Most of his hymns date from his years in Montreal. --Hugh D. McKellar, DNAH Archives Go to person page >



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