Peace Comes Crying (A Lament)

Peace comes crying through the world

Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Tune: ROMATA
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Peace comes crying through the world,
crying for her life,
gunfire shatters silent skies,
powers plot her grief;
childrens' children march to war,
wear the badge of death -
peace comes crying through the world,
crying for her life.

2 Violence is all we know,
all we see and hear,
terror strikes and stains the earth
hand in hand with fear,
children cradled as they die,
bloodied face of war,
violence is all we know
all we see and hear.

3 Let your passion pierce our hearts,
halt us in this storm,
God whose weaponry is love,
arms that will disarm!
Never let the evil win,
drag us to its norm,
let your passion pierce our hearts,
halt us in this storm!

4 Peace comes calling at our door,
justice is her claim,
When the fruits of peace are shared,
hope and history rhyme;
never let this hope be lost!
Hell has had its time;
peace comes calling at our door,
justice is her claim.


Source: New Hymns of Hope #164

Author: Shirley Erena Murray

SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY (b. 1931) is a hymn text writer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1931. Her texts have appeared in more than 100 collections worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She has been an editor with the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and received international acclaim for her writing, including being made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2006) and becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (2001) for services to the community through hymn writing. She is the first citizen to be so honored. Most recently, she has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its July 2009 annual conference by being named a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contributions as a hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: Peace comes crying through the world
Title: Peace Comes Crying (A Lament)
Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Meter: 7.5.7.5 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 2014 Hope Publishing Company

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