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Behold a broken world, we pray

Behold a broken world, we pray. Timothy Dudley-Smith* (1926- ). In 1984 the Hymn Society of America (now The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada*) announced a hymn search on the theme of ‘Peace’. Rooting his text firmly in Micah 4:1-4, Dudley-Smith wrote this in August that year, and it was one of five chosen for publication, appearing in the society’s journal The Hymn in July 1985. Like many of the author’s hymns, it was put together during the morning hours devoted to hymn-writing during his summer holidays at Poldhu Cove and Ruan Minor in Cornwall (see the Introduction to Lift Every Heart, 1984, notably pp. 8-9). Among other borrowings he alludes to Psalm 46:9 (‘where wars...

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