GOD! AS WITH SILENT HEARTS (words by Fred Kaan)

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Lyrics

God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind
how hate and war diminish humankind,
we pause — and seek in worship to increase
our knowledge of the things that make for peace.

Hallow our will as humbly we recall
the lives of those who gave and give their all.
We thank you, God, for women, children, men
who seek to serve in love, today as then.

Give us deep faith to comfort those who mourn,
high hope to share with all the newly born,
strong love in our pursuit of human worth:
‘lest we forget’ the future of this earth.

So, Prince of Peace, disarm our trust in power,
teach us to coax the plant of peace to flower.
May we, im-passioned by your living Word,
remember forward to a world restored.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 83): “I was commissioned by Coventry Cathedral to write a new text to replace the traditional Remembrance Day hymn, ‘O Valiant Hearts’. The above hymn was first sung on Remembrance Sunday in 1989, when the service was broadcast nation-wide by Independent Television.”

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