Thank you for all your feedback, some directly by text. Helen suggested that if I were to make a few small changes, then the words would fit to the tune ‘Jerusalem’, which would be more familiar. So here it is …
King of all nations, hear our prayer
while humbly at your throne we bow;
As one in heart and one in soul
we plead for peace and mercy now.
The pain is great, the anguish sore,
as evil seeks to stalk its prey;
In mercy turn your ear to us
and guide us as we weep and pray.
Judge of all nations, thwart we plead
the wicked schemes that hatred breeds;
And loose the grip of evil powers
that all earth’s people may be freed.
Break down the barriers that divide,
decree the sovereign rule of peace;
May justice triumph over all
and warfare and all conflict cease.
Saviour of peoples, loose your Word
with power, force and heavenly might;
Transform through grace
all hearts of stone,
For darkness give us conquering light.
On Doves of peace your Spirit pour,
your gift of wisdom, O God, give;
And lead us through the maze we face,
Till nations all in freedom live.