Hymnal: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #525 (1866)Meter: 184.108.40.206Hymnal Title: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.)First Line: We pray for truth and peaceLyrics:
We pray for truth and peace;
With weary hearts we ask
Some rest in which our souls may cease
From life’s perplexing task.
We weep—yet none is found;
We weep—yet hope grows faint;—
And deeper in its mournful sound
Goes up our wild complaint.
Only to living faith
The promises are shown;
And by the love that passes death
The rest is won alone.
Be ours the earnest heart,
Be ours the steady will,
To work in silent trust our part;
For God is working still.
Then newer lights shall rise
Above these clouds of sin,
And heaven’s unfolding mysteries
To glad our souls begin.
Our hearts from fear and wrong
Shall win their full release,
With God’s own might forever strong,
And calm with God’s own peace.
1827 - 1895Hymnal Title: Calvin Hymnary ProjectAuthor of "We pray for truth and peace"Hurlburt, William Henry, was born at Charlestown, South Carolina, July 23, 1827, and educated at Harvard. He also studied at Berlin, Paris, and Rome. In 1848 he contributed the following hymns to Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Book of Hymns;—
1. My God, in life's most doubtful hour. Faith desired, or, the Power of Trust.
2. We pray for truth and peace. Faith desired.
3. We will not weep, for God is standing by us. The Might of Faith. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology
Hurlburt (Hurlbut, Hurlbert), William Henry. (Charleston, South Carolina, July 3, 1827--September 4, 1895, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy). His family name is spelled Hurlburt in records at Charleston, but at Harvard he was registered as Hurlbut, and in later years he changed the spelling to Hurlbert. He graduated from Harvard College in 1847 and from the Divinity School in 1849. He preached in Unitarian pulpits for a few months, but was never ordained as a settled minister. He studied at the Harvard Law School for a year, then turned to journalism in New York City. After 1883, he spent most of his time in Europe, his last few years in Italy. As a student at Harvard he was a contemporary of Samuel Longfellow and Samuel Johnson and contributed three hymns to their Book of Hymns, edition of 1848, which they also included in their Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. In both books his surname is spelled Hurlbut.
--Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives