Scripture Verse

The hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. Isaiah 14:26

Introduction

Words: Will­iam A. Dun­ker­ley, 1914. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as John Ox­en­ham, Dun­ker­ley’s pseu­do­nym.

Music: Lest We For­get George F. Blan­chard, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Blan­chard (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William A. Dunkerley
1852–1941
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

Lord God of hosts, whose mighty hand
Dominion holds on sea and land,
In peace and war Thy will we see
Shaping the larger liberty;
Nations may rise and nations fall,
Thy changeless purpose rules them all.

When death flies swift on wave or field,
Be Thou a sure defense and shield;
Console and succor those who fall,
And help and hearten each and all.
O hear a people’s prayers for those
Who fearless face their country’s foes.

For those who weak and broken lie
In weariness and agony—
Great Healer, to their beds of pain
Come, touch and make them whole again.
O hear a people’s prayers, and bless
Thy servants in their hour of stress!

For those to whom the call shall come,
We pray Thy tender welcome home:
The toil, the bitterness, all past,
We trust them to Thy love at last.
O hear a people’s prayers for all
Who, nobly striving, nobly fall!

For those who minister and heal,
And spend themselves, their skill, their zeal,
Renew their hearts with Christlike faith,
And guard them from disease and death;
And in Thine own good time, Lord, send
Thy peace on earth till time shall end.