Carol of Peace (website only)

Where is the peace that will cure the world’s madness?
Where is the truth that will help us to live?
Why are we circled by turmoil and sadness?
Where is that peace that the world cannot give?

Weary are those who have lost their direction
Cold is the one with no love in his heart
Fearful are those with no hope of protection
Empty the life where the Lord has no part.

Power, corruption and evil surround us
Truth is obscured, as the clouds hide the sun
Out of the darkness let light shine around us
Not our will only, but your will be done.

Out on the hillside a new era is dawning
Shepherds bewildered by news of the birth
Song of the angels that first Christmas morning
Glory to God, and peace on the earth.

Here is the truth that will cure the world’s madness
Here is the truth that will help us to live
Joyful the message to banish our sadness
News of the peace that the world cannot give.

Words and music: Barbara Honeyball Young © 2011 (revised 2016)

Download words and words as a PDF (revised version)
Also available in Barbara’s anthem arrangement.

More information

Barbara Honeyball Young is a retired specialist music teacher in primary schools. She has sung in church choirs since the age of eleven, and later in choral societies and chamber choirs.

Barbara runs a children’s choir at her local church (St Mary’s, Welwyn), and is now able to spend more time in composing and arranging choral music. She is married to Nick Young, superintendent minister of the St Albans and Welwyn circuit.

Read more about Barbara’s worship music in Gifts for all – the worship music of Barbara Honeyball Young.

Categories: Christmas, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Honeyball Young, Barbara (auth), Honeyball Young, Barbara (comp), Latest hymns (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk).

One Response to Carol of Peace (website only)

  1. Julia Preston says:

    A powerful hymn , clearly expressed with its contrast between. the negatives of the world and their cure.I like it.

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