1 Must the sword devour for ever,
ancient quarrels still persist?
How long brother use on brother
bomb or bullet, knife or fist?

2 When will someone break the deadlock,
halt the carnage, stop the race,
blow the trumpet not for battle
but for pausing, then for peace?

3 Let the strongest know their frailty,
let the weakest find their power;
let us seize the time for turning:
could this be God's day, God's hour?

4 Christ who lives in each believer,
come to make these murders cease;
win in us this greatest triumph,
Christ our champion, Christ our peace!

Christopher Idle from 2 Samuel 2
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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