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Let There Be Light, Lord God of Hosts

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1 Let there be light, O 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 your ministers of life.
Drive out the urge to curse and kill.

3 Give us the peace of vision clear
to see each other’s good, our own,
to joy and suffer not alone:
the love that casts aside 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 your wayward children peace!

Source: Voices Together #714

Author: William Merrell Vories

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Text Information

First Line: Let there be light, Lord God of Hosts
Title: Let There Be Light, Lord God of Hosts
Author: William Merrell Vories (1908)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



William Boyd (b. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1847; d. Paddington, England, 1928) composed PENTECOST in 1864 for the hymn text "Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire"; it was published in 1868 in Thirty-Two Hymn Tunes Composed by Members of the University of Oxford. The name PENTECOST derives from the subjec…

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The Cyber Hymnal #4036
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Voices Together #714

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