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Ultor Omnipotens

 

(11.10.11.9.)

Composed for “Church Hymns with Tunes”, S.P.C.K., 1874.

1 God the all-terrible! King, who ordainest
    Great winds Thy clarions, lightnings Thy sword,
  Show forth Thy pity on high where Thou reignest:
    Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!
   
2 God the omnipotent! Mighty Avenger,
    Watching invisible, judging unheard:
  Doom us not now in the hour of our danger:
    Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!
     
3 God the all-merciful! Earth hath forsaken
    Thy ways of blessedness, slighted Thy word;
  Bid not Thy wrath in its terrors awaken:
    Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!
     
4 God the all-righteous One! Man hath defied Thee;
    Yet to eternity standeth Thy word;
  Falsehood and wrong shall not tarry beside Thee
    Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!
     
5 God the all-pitiful! Is it not crying —
    Blood of the guiltless like water outpoured?
  Look on the anguish, the sorrow, the sighing;
    Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!
   
6 God the all-wise! By the fire of Thy chastening,
    Earth shall to freedom and truth be re-stored;
  Through the thick darkness Thy Kingdom is hastening;
    Thou wilt give peace in Thy time, O Lord! Amen.

Henry Fothergill Chorley, 1808 - 72..

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