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Peace is Flowing Like a River

The original writer and composer of this folk-style song about peace are unknown.   It may have been intended as a children's hymn, but is now used among all age-groups.

It was included in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal Volume 2 published in 1975/76, with the lyrics and tune credited to "anonymous".

American musician, songwriter and at-the-time Roman Catholic priest Carey Landry (b 1944)  published a musical accompaniment to it in "I Will Not Forget You" in 1975, North American Liturgy Resources.   This credits the tune as traditional, and the words to both traditional and adaptation from Psalm 107.  This psalm, says in verses 33-34
"He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste"
Also Isaiah 48:18 says
"... your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea."

The 1988 Rise Up Singing publication notes that the song was on "River Of Light", a recording made by Linda Worster and Patricia McKernon in 1983 - but does not explore any recordings or publications before that.

The publications from the 1970s did not include the chorus - this origin of this is also unknown.   Recordings on YouTube suggest that it is better known in the UK than the USA.   It can be used as desired in between verses.   Also, additional verses can be added as required  -  the most common ones are shown below.