The Second Collect, for Peace.
O God, the author of eternal peace,
at Whose command the winds and waters cease
their wild and angry raging:
Lover of concord, hater of all strife,
in Whose deep knowledge stands our heavenly life,
eternal love engaging:
Thy gracious service yields a sacred calm;
on wounded spirits pours divinest balm,
o’er anguished hearts prevailing.
O evermore be Thou our sole defense!
Say to our enemy, “Depart thou hence!”
Sustain us in all failing.
In the dear love of Jesus Christ our Lord,
our Savior, God, the everlasting Word,
Whose might there is no letting.
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
W. H. Monk (1823-1889)
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.