America triumphant, Brave land of pioneers

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1 America triumphant!
Brave land of pioneers!
On mountain peak and prairie
Their winding trail appears.
The wilderness is planted;
The deserts bloom and sing;
On coast and plain the cities
Their smoky banners fling.

2 America triumphant!
New shrine of pilgrim feet!
The poor and lost and hunted
Before thine altars meet.
From sword of czar and sultan,
From ban of priest and peer,
To thee, o’er trackless waters,
They come in hope and fear.

3 America triumphant!
Dear homeland of the free!
Thy sons have fought fallen,
To win release for thee.
They broke the chains of empire;
They smote the wrongs of state;
And lies the law and custom
They blasted with their hate.

4 America triumphant!
Grasp firm thy sword and shield!
Not yet have all thy foemen
Been driven from the field.
They lurk by forge and market,
They hide in mine and mill;
And bold with greed of conquest
They flout thy blessed will.

5 America, America!
Triumphant thou shalt be!
Thy hills and vales shall echo
The shouts of liberty.
Thy bards shall sing thy glory,
Thy prophets tell thy praise,
And all thy sons and daughters
Acclaim thy golden days.

Source: Williston Hymns #133

Author: John Haynes Holmes

Born: November 29, 1879, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died: April 3, 1964, New York City. Buried: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, New York City. Holmes graduated from Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa. His grandfather, John Cummings Haynes, manager of the Oliver Ditson music publishing house, helped pay his Harvard tuition. Holmes was ordained in 1904, and became minister of the Unitarian Third Congregational Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts. In February 1907, he became junior minister at the Church of the Messiah in New York City. His works include: I Speak for Myself, 1959 Collected Hymns, 1960 Go to person page >

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First Line: America triumphant, Brave land of pioneers
Author: John Haynes Holmes




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