May Wars Cease, a hymn by Rabbi Max Klein (1926)

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May Wars Cease

…וְכִתְּתוּ חַרְבוֹתָם לְאִתִּים…וְלֹא־יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה׃ (ישעיה ב:ד)
“And they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and . . . they shall not learn any more war ”— Isaiah 2:4

O God of life who madest man,
With heart and soul and mind;
Bless thou the work of all who strive
To bless all humankind.

Make clearer day by day the speech
Of all who work for peace;
And bless the noble hope and dream—
That wars on earth will cease.

O cause the love of war to die;
Bid strife and hatred go;
That men on earth may live for love
And life in sweetness grow.

May nations from war’s doom be freed,
The way to peace be found!
O may its song of joy be born
And evermore resound.

“May Wars Cease” by Rabbi Max Klein can be found as hymn number 78 in Hymns of Praise and Prayer (1926), a hymn book Klein prepare for his Philadelphia congregation Adath Jeshurun.

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