A Hymn on Peace (Abraham Wood)
- (Posted 2016-09-25) CPDL #41231:
- Editor: Aaron Giles (submitted 2016-09-25). Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 86 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes:
Title: A Hymn on Peace
Composer: Abraham Wood
First published: 1784
Description: Words first published in Andrew Law's A Select Number of Plain Tunes in 1782, as words for Abraham Wood's Worcester, published in 1778; these words were later used by Abraham Wood in this anthem, published as a separate in 1784.
Original text and translations
Behold, array'd in light,
And by divine command,
Fair peace, the child of heavn'n,
Descend to this afflicted land.
Like the bright morning star,
She leads a glorious day,
And o'er the western world extends
Her all reviving ray.
Your swords to plowshares turn'd,
Your fields with plenty crown'd,
Shall laugh and sing, and freedom spread
The voice of gladness round.
O sing a new made song,
To God your hymns address,
He rul'd the hearts of mighty kings,
And gave our arms success.
He check'd our haughty foe,
And bad the contest cease;
Thus and no further shalt thou go;
Be all the world at peace.
No more that savage war,
Lead on the hostile bands,
No more shall suff'ring captives mourn,
Or blood pollute the land.
Confess Jehovah's pow'r,
And magnify his name.
Let all the world with one accord
His wondrous works proclaim.
Let us with hearts devout
Declare what we have seen,
And to our children's children tell
How good the Lord hath been.