1 O Lord of Hosts, Who didst upraise
Strong captains to defend the right,
In darker years and sterner days,
And armedst Israel for the fight:
Thou madest Joshua true and strong,
And David framed the battle-song.
2 And must we battle yet? Must we,
Who bear the tender name Divine,
Still barter life for victory
Still glory in the crimson sign?
The Crucified between us stands,
And lifts on high His wounded hands.
3 Lord, we are weak and wilful yet,
The fault is in our clouded eyes;
But Thou, through anguish and regret,
Dost make Thy faithless children wise;
Through wrong, through hate, Thou dost approve
The far-off victories of love.
4 And so from out the heart of strife,
Diviner echoes peal and thrill;
The scorned delights, the lavished life,
The pain that serves a nation's will;
Thy comfort stills the mourner's cries,
And love is crowned by sacrifice.
5 As rains that weep the clouds away,
As winds that leave a calm in heaven,
So let the slayer cease to slay;
The passion healed, the wrath forgiven,
Draw nearer, bid the tumult cease,
Redeemer, Saviour, Prince of Peace!
Benson, Arthur Christopher, M.A., son of Archbishop Benson, was born at Wellington College, April 24, 1862, and educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, B. A. (first class Classical Tripos) 1884. From 1885 to 1903 Assistant Master at Eton, and now (1905) Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His hymns include the following:—
1. God of all created things. [Coronation.] Written for the Coronation of King Edward VII., and published in Eight Hymns with Tunes, Novello & Co., 1902. Music by Sir Hubert Parry.
2. God of glory, King of nations. [Founder's Day Festival.] Originally written as a Processional Hymn for St. George's Chapel, Windsor, "Obiit Sunday," and subsequently adapted for general use. Printed in the Gua… Go to person page >
Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825).
The tune is suppo…