O day of God, draw nigh

O day of God, draw nigh. Robert Balgarnie Young Scott* (1899-1987). A prayer for peace written in 1937 for the Fellowship for a Christian Social Order, this has become Scott’s most widely circulated hymn. It was included in Hymns for Worship (1939), and was linked in H40 with BELLWOODS by the Canadian composer James Hopkirk. Its stanzas reflect deep apprehension (‘Bring to our troubled minds, / uncertain and afraid’), and express the writer’s poignant longing for peace (‘Bring to our world of strife / thy sovereign word of peace, / that war may haunt the earth no more / and desolation cease’). It is frequently set to ST MICHAEL from the Genevan Psalter* (1551) at Psalm 134, a psalm written...

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