God bless our native land, may heaven's [his] protecting hand

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1. God bless our native land!
May Heaven's protecting hand
Still guard our shore.
May peace her pow'r extend,
Foe be transformed to friend,
And all our rights depend
On war no more.

2. May just and righteous laws
Uphold the public cause,
And bless our name;
Home of the brave and free,
Stronghold of Liberty,
We pray that still on thee
May rest no stain.

3. And not this land alone,
But be thy mercies known
From shore to shore;
O that all men would see
That they should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world o'er!


Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #818

Author: William E. Hickson

Hickson, William Edward, son of William Hickson, boot manufacturer, of Smithfield, London, was b. Jan. 7, 1803; retired from business 1840; d. March 22,1870, at Fairseat, Sevenoaks, Kent. Three pieces from his Singing Master, 1836, have come into somewhat extensive use. 1. God bless our native land (p. 1566, ii.) 2. Join now in praise, and sing. [Praise to God.] 1836, as above (ed. 1840, pt. v., No. 62). It was rewritten by the Rev. C. H. Bateman as "Come, children, join to sing " (p. 244, ii.). 3. Now to heav'n our cry [prayers] ascending, God spead the right . [National.] 1836, as above (reprint on cards, No. 85). This is repeated in W. B. Bradbury's Young Melodist, 1845, p. 122, and many later American books. With… Go to person page >

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First Line: God bless our native land, may heaven's [his] protecting hand
Author: William E. Hickson

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AMERICA (Thesaurus Musicus)


DORT


ITALIAN HYMN

Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796) composed ITALIAN HYMN in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Mar…

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