Peace in Our Time, O Lord

Representative Text

1 Peace in our time, O Lord,
To all the peoples—peace!
Peace surely based upon thy will
And built in righteousness.
Thy power alone can break
The fetters that enchain
The sorely stricken soul of life,
And make it live again.

2 Too long mistrust and fear
Have held our souls in thrall;
Sweep through the earth, keen Breath of Heaven,
And sound a nobler call!
Come, as thou didst of old,
In love so great that men
Shall cast aside all other gods
And turn to thee again.

3 O shall we never learn
The truth all time has taught,
That without God as architect
Our building comes to naught?
Lord, help us, and inspire
Our hearts and lives that we
May build, with all thy wondrous gifts,
A Kingdom meet for thee.

4 Peace in our time, O Lord,
To all the peoples-peace!
Peace that shall build a glad new world,
And make for life’s increase.
O, living Christ, who still
Dost all our burdens share,
Come now and dwell within the hearts
Of all men everywhere.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #827

Author: John Oxenham

John Oxenham is a pseudonym for William Arthur Dunkerley, and is used as the name authority by the Library of Congress.  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Peace in our time, O Lord, To all the people, Peace!
Title: Peace in Our Time, O Lord
Author: John Oxenham
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © Miss Theodora Dunkerly



Composed for Bridges's text by George J. Elvey (PHH 48), DIADEMATA was first published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Since that publication, the tune has retained its association with this text. The name DIADEMATA is derived from the Greek word for "crowns." The tune is lively an…

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The Song Book of the Salvation Army #827

Worship in Song #303

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