1 Great Ruler of the earth and skies,
A word of thine almighty breath
Can sink the world, or bid it rise:
Thy smile is life, thy frown is death.
2 When angry nations rush to arms,
And rage, and noise, and tumult reign,
And war resounds its dire alarms,
And slaughter dyes the hostile plain--
3 Thy sov'reign eye looks calmly down,
And marks their course, and bounds their power;
Thy law the angry nations own,
And noise and war are heard no more.
4 Then peace returns with balmy wing;--
Sweet peace, with her what blessings fled!
Glad plenty laughs, the valleys sing,
Reviving commerce lifts her head.
5 To thee we pay our grateful songs;
Thy kind protection still implore:
Oh, may our hearts, and lives, and tongues
Confess thy goodness, and adore.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #760
|First Line:||Great Ruler of the earth and skies|
|Title:||Praise for National Peace|