Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RODEF SHALOM, by W. G. SKILLMAN

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RODEF SHALOM, by            
First Line: When ancient nations bowed the knee
Last Line: The one jehovah, sovereign lord.
Subject(s): Hebrew Literature; Jews; Temples; Worship; Judaism; Mosques

WHEN ancient nations bowed the knee
To idols made of wood and stone,
The Hebrew nation claimed to be
The worshippers of God alone.

For this they suffer'd, bled, and died,
A chosen people strong and free;
Strong in the faith that should abide
Of God's own matchless majesty.

Chosen the heralds of a light,
The blinded nations could not see,
Chosen to banish moral right
And rescue from Idolatry.

Still strong in faith of God alone,
They rear this Temple to His name,
Jehovah's power and love to own,
His tender mercies to proclaim.

Hail! Holy One enthron'd above,
The God and Father of us all,
The Triumphs of Fraternal Love
Shall prove we heed Thy loving call.

Nor shall our labors e'er be done
Till God is honor'd and ador'd
By every nation 'neath the sun,
The one Jehovah, sovereign Lord.

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