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438. Lord God of hosts, whose mighty hand

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St. Jerome:

Francis H. Champneys, 1889

Melita:

John Bacchus Dykes, 1861

John Oxenham, 1915

Lord God of hosts, whose mighty hand

Dominion holds on sea and land,

In peace and war thy will we see

Shaping the larger liberty;

Nations may rise and nations fall,

Thy changeless purpose rules them all.

For those who weak and broken lie

In weariness and agony,

Great Healer, to their beds of pain

Come, touch and make them whole again.

O hear a people's prayers, and bless

Thy servants in their hour of stress!

For those to whom the call shall come,

We pray thy tender welcome home;

The toil, the bitterness, all past,

We trust them to thy love at last.

O hear a people's prayers for all

Who, nobly striving, nobly fall!

For those who minister and heal,

And spend themselves, their skill, their zeal;

Renew their hearts with Christ-like faith,

And guard them from disease and death;

And in thine own good time, Lord, send

Thy peace on earth till time shall end.

Amen.

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