Perfect Peace

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:3-4.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call us to heaven’s perfect peace.

~ Edward Henry Bickersteth, 1875

8 thoughts on “Perfect Peace

    • I think it works nicely just as a poem, but it is also a hymn. It’s not one I hear often — the tune is kind of somber. It’s one I think would really benefit from a rewrite of melody.

      I did just find a midi file here: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/p/e/peaceper.htm

      It doesn’t sound somber the way it is played there, but whenever I have heard it sung, it’s seems to always be very slow and somber, and I don’t think it needs to be. But I have always loved the words.

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