Must the sword devour for ever

Must the sword devour for ever,
ancient quarrels still persist?
How long brother use on brother
bomb or bullet, knife or fist?

2. When will someone break the deadlock,
halt the carnage, stop the race,
blow the trumpet not for battle
but for pausing, then for peace?

3. Let the strongest know their frailty,
let the weakest find their power;
let us seize the time for turning:
could this be God’s day, God’s hour?

4. Christ who lives in each believer,
come to make these murders cease;
win in us this greatest triumph,
Christ our champion, Christ our peace!

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