Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin. Edward Henry Bickersteth* (1825-1906). Written at Harrogate in 1875, when Bickersteth was on holiday there. He heard a sermon by the vicar of Harrogate, William Wynter Gibbon, on the text ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee’ (Isaiah 26: 3). On that Sunday afternoon, he visited an elderly dying relative, Archdeacon Hill. He found the archdeacon troubled in mind, and wrote the hymn to provide spiritual comfort. He read it to his children on his return to the family tea that Sunday afternoon: Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?The Blood of Jesus whispers peace within. Peace, perfect peace, by...

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