From hands that would our land deflower

From hands that would our land deflower

Author: Louis F. Benson (1911)
Tune: ELLIOTT (Mason)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 From hands that would our land deflower,
From selfish greed and grasping power,
From willful waste of freedom’s dower,
From pleasure’s flooding wave;

2 From all unrest by envy bred,
From all assaults by passion led,
From anarchy with banners red,
Good Lord, defend and save.

3 Let power and justice side by side
Bring civil peace and civic pride;
Still may the ancient order bide
Of law and liberty.

4 Keep firm the bond of brotherhood,
Keep green the memory of the good,
Defend the ramparts, where they stood,
With men who trust in thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14472

Author: Louis F. Benson

Benson, Louis FitzGerald, D.D., was born at Philadelphia, Penn., July 22, 1855, and educated at the University of Penn. He was admitted to the Bar in 1877, and practised until 1884. After a course of theological studies he was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, in 1888. His pastorate of the Church of the Redeemer, Germantown, Phila., extended from his ordination in 1888 to 1894, when he resigned and devoted himself to literary and Church work at Philadelphia. He edited the series of Hymnals authorised for use by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., as follows:— (1) The Hymnal, Phila., 1895; (2) The Chapel Hymnal, 1898; and (3) The School Hymnal, 1899. Dr. Benson's hymnological writings are somewh… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From hands that would our land deflower
Author: Louis F. Benson (1911)
Source: Bishop Heber, 1827 (suggested by)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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