Great Ruler of the earth and skiesAuthor: Anne Steele
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1 Great Ruler of the earth and skies,
A word of thine almighty breath
Can sink the world, or bid it rise:
Thy smile is life, thy frown is death.
2 When angry nations rush to arms,
And rage, and noise, and tumult reign,
And war resounds its dire alarms,
And slaughter dyes the hostile plain--
3 Thy sov'reign eye looks calmly down,
And marks their course, and bounds their power;
Thy law the angry nations own,
And noise and war are heard no more.
4 Then peace returns with balmy wing;--
Sweet peace, with her what blessings fled!
Glad plenty laughs, the valleys sing,
Reviving commerce lifts her head.
5 To thee we pay our grateful songs;
Thy kind protection still implore:
Oh, may our hearts, and lives, and tongues
Confess thy goodness, and adore.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #760
Great Ruler of the earth and skies. A word of Thy, &c. Anne Steele. [National Thanksgiving for Peace.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 38, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Praise for National Peace." In 1787 it was given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, No. 531, and subsequently in a large number of hymn-books in Great Britain and America, including the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853; Stowell's Psalms & Hymns, 1831 (15th edition, 1877), &c. Original text in D. Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c, 1863.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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