Come now, O Prince of Peace

Come now, O Prince of Peace (‘O-so-so’). Geonyong Lee* (1947- ), paraphrased by Marion Pope (1928- ).  This prayer for peace was composed in the context of the division between the north and south on the Korean peninsula.  Geonyong Lee (Kōn-yong Yi) was born in Daedong, a city in South Pyongan Province now in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly called North Korea. Following the Korean War (1950-53), the family moved when Lee was six years old to what is now the Republic of Korea (South Korea), where he grew up in the capital city, Seoul. Underlying this text is Lee’s prayer of petition for the reunification of the Korean peninsula (interview with the author in Seoul,...

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