Let there be light, Lord God

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Let there be light, Lord God of hosts! 
Let there be wisdom on the earth!
Let broad humanity have birth! 
Let there be deeds instead of boasts. 

Within our passioned hearts instill 
the calm that endeth strain and strife.
Make us thy ministers of life. 
Purge us from lusts that curse and kill.

Give us the peace of vision clear 
to see each other's good, our own, 
to joy and suffer not alone: 
the love that casteth out all fear. 

Let woe and waste of warfare cease, 
that useful labor yet may build 
its homes with love and laughter filled! 
God, give thy wayward children peace!

#371 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  William M. Vories, 1908, Advocate of Peace, 1909
   Tune:  Charles H.C. Zeuner, American Harp, 1832

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