O God of Love O King of Peace

This hymn asking God's intercession to bring peace in the world was written by English Anglican minister H. W. (Henry Williams) Baker (1821-1877).

With meter 8.8.8.8, tunes it is set to include:
  • HERSPERUS aka QUEBEC by Henry Baker 1866 - which appears to be the most commonly used tune
  • O WALY WALY - English traditional
  • ROCKINGHAM
  • TALLIS CANON by Thomas Tallis
  • PROSPECT from Southern Harmony


Downloads




Examples


Choir and congretation with organ, tune HERSPERUS



Male voice quartet, tune HERSPERUS
(the video does play, despite the initial image)



Solo singer with piano, contemporary setting based on HERSPERUS



Choir with organ - tune ROCKINGHAM



Instrumental - piano, tune HERSPERUS


Lyrics

Traditional language

O God of love, O King of peace,
Make wars throughout the world to cease;
The wrath of sinful man restrain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Remember, Lord, Thy works of old,
The wonders that our fathers told;
Remember not our sins' dark stain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord?
Where rest but on Thy faithful word?
None ever called on Thee in vain:
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Where saints and angels dwell above,
All hearts are knit in holy love;
O bind us in that heav'nly chain:
Give peace, O God, give peace again!


Modern language

O God of love, O God of peace,
Make wars throughout the world to cease;
The wrath of sinful ones restrain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Remember, Lord, Your works of old,
The wonders that our forebears told;
Remember not our sins' dark stain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Whom shall we trust but You, O Lord?
Where rest but on Your faithful word?
None ever called on You in vain:
Give peace, O God, give peace again!

Where saints and angels dwell above,
All hearts are knit in holy love;
O bind us in that heav'nly chain:
Give peace, O God, give peace again!


See also

  • Hymns about love
  • Hymns about peace

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