The Anvil

Here we are on the field of our fathers
Ground still soaked with the indictment of Cain
I hear a cry, and it's the voice of my brother
He sings a song of lament for his slain
I hear another song; it's the anthem of children
Sounding faint from a distance
It crescendos with time

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust
Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat
Put your sword upon the anvil
Your sword upon the anvil with me

Eye to eye at the line drawn for battle
Hand to hand or heart to heart
The sword is raised; there is death in its shadow
An awful sound, the command is to charge
I hear another sound; it's the anthem of children
And if everyone listened,
We'd have peace in our day

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust
Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat
Put your sword upon the anvil
Your sword upon the anvil with me

Hasten the day of the Lion and the Lamb
One warless world will have a cost
We'll find the way in the footsteps of a Man
And the anvil at the foot of His cross

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust
Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat
Put your sword upon the anvil
Your sword upon the anvil with me

 

Words and Music by Karl Kohlhase
© 2000 karl kohlhase

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STORY BEHIND THIS SONG...

(Read Matthew 5:9; Isaiah 2:4)
"And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war."

What a beautiful picture the prophet Isaiah paints of the reign of Christ in the Kingdom of God. Just think of the garden we could grow for the poor and hungry of the world if we re-channeled all the nations' military budgets into the effort. It could mean the difference between war and peace.

Listen. Jesus calls us to be peace makers. Come and learn from Christ who is gentle and humble of heart.

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