Scripture Verse

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20


Richard W. Adams (1952–)

Words: Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, De­cem­ber 20, 2013.

Music: Ita­li­an Hymn Fe­lice de Gi­ar­di­ni, in The Col­lect­ion of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Cha­pel of the Lock Hos­pi­tal, 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Felice de Giardini (1716–1796)
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Spirit of wis­dom and pow­er,
Protect us in this hour,
Of dread­ful strife;
When scoff­ing lips sur­round
And right­eous­ness con­found,
When fear and hate abound,
Be our strong tow­er.

Darkness ad­vanc­es apace:
See, bold­ly sin is praised
And good re­viled;
O give us hearts to fight
For ho­li­ness and right,
Enabled by Your might,
Wisdom and grace.

Protect our child­ren from ill,
Be their de­fend­er still,
Give them Your light;
Immerse them in Your Word,
From them may truth be heard,
Let them Your Spir­it gird
To do Your will.