From Alameda Riddle
From Sing Out! Magazine (vol. 30 #2, 1984, p.62)
- Dear heavenly Father, so deign to hear us
And order this warfare to cease
Oh grant, gracious, Lord, the ushering in
Of the dawn of a world-wide peace.Chorus
Sweet dove of peace let your white wings encircle our whole globe
Oh God, how I prayed
And I still hope each day
For the dawn of a world-wide peace.
- Grant that all nations may ground arms of war
And make room in their hearts for peace
Helping each other to heal and forgive
That warfare and strife might cease.
- Ending the slaughter, of bloodthirsty rulers
Of our husbands, fathers, daughters and our sons
Oh grant that sweet rivers of peace may soon flow
Where the blood of our own now runs.
- Turning their weapons of war into plowshares
And sowing the battlefields in wheat
Feeding the hungry of every nation
And living at last in peace.