714. Let There be Light

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

2 Within our passioned hearts instill
the calm that endeth strain and strife.
Make us your ministers of life.
Drive out the urge to curse and kill.

3 Give us the peace of vision clear
to see each other’s good, our own,
to joy and suffer not alone:
the love that casts aside all fear.

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

Text Information
First Line: Let there be light, O God of hosts!
Title: Let There be Light
Author: William M. Vories (1908)
Meter: LM
Publication Date: 2020
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Darkness and Light; Government; National Holidays (3 more...)
Source: Advocate of Peace, 1909, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Charles H. C. Zeuner
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: American Harp, 1832
Notes: Alternate tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (#71)

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