1. Judge eternal, throned in splendor,
Lord of lords and King of kings,
With Thy living fire of judgment
Purge this realm of bitter things;
Solace all its wide dominion
With the healing of Thy wings.
2. Still the weary folk are pining
For the hour that brings release;
And the city's crowded clangor
Cries aloud for sin to cease;
And the homesteads and the woodlands
Plead in silence for their peace.
3. Crown, O God, Thine own endeavor;
Cleave our darkness with Thy sword;
Feed the faint and hungry peoples
With the richness of Thy Word;
Cleanse the body of this nation
Thro' the glory of the Lord.
Hymn #576 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Psalm 59:16
Author: Henry S. Holland, 1902
Composer: J. Christian Kittel, 1790
Tune: "Bis wilkommen"