Hear, O Lord

God of infinite compassion,
Father of Thy blood-redeemed,
Whose great love in Jesu’s passion
On this world of sinners gleamed,
Hear the roar of strife infernal,
Hear it in Thy courts supernal.
Bid the agonising nations
Into plowshares beat their swords,
Stay the murderous invasions
Of the fierce barbaric hordes.
See Thy saints like slaughtered cattle
Bruised and bleeding in the battle.
Prince of Peace, Thine intervention
We with confidence await;
Then and not till then contention
Greed of gain and human hate,
Waste and war and sin and sorrow
Vanish shall with all their horror.