The Peace Not Past Our Understanding

The peace not past our understanding

Author: John Holmes
Tune: SURSUM CORDA (Smith)
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1 The peace not past our understanding
falls like light upon the soft white tablecloth
at winter supper warm between four walls,
a thing too simple to be tried as truth.

2 Not scholar’s calm, nor gift of church or state,
nor everlasting date of death’s release;
but careless noon, the houses lighted late,
harvest and holiday: the people’s peace.

3 Days into years, the doorways worn at sill,
years into lives, the plans for long increase
come true at last for those of God’s good will:
these are the things we mean by saying, Peace.

Source: Singing the Living Tradition #164

Author: John Holmes

Holmes, John. (Somerville, Massachusetts, January 6, 1904--1962). He took the degree of B.S. at Tufts College in 1929, and the next year was a student at Harvard. Since then he has taught at Tufts University, rising to the rank of Associate Professor of English. Author of numerous articles and books. For the 125th anniversary of the American Unitarian Association on May 23-24, 1950, he wrote a hymn in three stanzas,, beginning "O Lord of stars and sunlight." --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: The peace not past our understanding
Title: The Peace Not Past Our Understanding
Author: John Holmes
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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Singing the Living Tradition #164

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