Peace Plea


Tune: Franconia

('Blest are the pure in heart')

Adapted from 'A prayer for peace of mind'

by Origen, 184-253AD.


Let us pray that Jesus

May sure reign over us

And that our land may be at peace

That wars and conflicts cease


That our bodies may be

Free from assaults fleshly

Desires that us into sin lead

Your graces, Lord, we need


When these have ceased, we shall

Be able to rest well

Beneath our vines, fig-trees, olives

Blessed with the peace God gives


Those idylls of plenty

Father, Son, Spirit, He

Will shelter us as we rest, gain

We peace of mind again


  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 7th, 2023 03:23
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in format. The idylls of verse 4 are the things described in verse 3 - each of us being under our vine, etc. Origen focused a lot on 'assaults fleshly'. This included 'swoony' things. There's a ghastly apocryphal story of this, though it may not be true. YOU will swoon if I tell you it, and Fido will bark, calling for the 18+ box to be ticked!
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  • Neville

    I have never eaten much meat but now eat only vegetables .. you just gotta give peas a chance .. 🤢🤢:)

    • orchidee

      Thanks N. lol.

    • sorenbarrett

      Orchidee this is a beautiful thought and prayer that we are still a long way from reaching. I think I'll see it in my death but maybe my grandchildren have a chance for this on earth. Nicely done

      • orchidee

        Thanks S.

      • Christina8

        Great hymn Steve....if only wars did not exist. I don't think in our lifetime.

        • orchidee

          Thanks Christina.

        • crypticbard

          oh dear, fleshly assaults! Sounds somewhat butchery. And swooning is quite fearsome as it borders on fainting.

          • orchidee

            Thanks CB. You're near that story of Origen's life. Do you know it? You will swoon if you do!

          • Goldfinch60

            We must give peace a chance and Jesus has failed so far in our lives.


            • orchidee

              Thanks Gold.

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