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Let there be light, Lord God of Hosts

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1 Let there be light, Lord 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 ends all strain and strife;
Make us your ministers of life;
purge us from lusts that curse and kill!

3 Give us the peace of senses clear
to know our neighbors' good our own;
To hope and suffer not alone,
bonded in love that conquers 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: The New Century Hymnal #589

Author: William Merrell Vories

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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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Hymnal #371

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Rejoice in the Lord #492


The Cyber Hymnal #4036

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The New Century Hymnal #589

The New National Baptist Hymnal #366

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