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God of the Nations

God of the Nations, who from dawn of days

Author: Walter Russell Bowie
Published in 37 hymnals

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1 God of the nations, who, from dawn of days,
Hast led Thy people in their widening ways,
Through whose deep purpose stranger thousands stand
Here in the borders of our promised land.

2 Thy hand has led across the hungry sea
The eager peoples flocking to be free,
And, from the breeds of earth, Thy silent sway
Fashions the nation of the broadening day.

3 Then, for Thy grace to grow in brotherhood,
For hearts aflame to serve Thy destined good,
For faith, and will to win what faith shall see,
God of thy people, hear us cry to thee.


Source: The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #83

Author: Walter Russell Bowie

Walter Russell Bowie (October 8, 1882–April 23, 1969), was a priest, author, editor, educator, hymn writer, and lecturer in the Episcopal Church (United States). See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

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First Line: God of the Nations, who from dawn of days
Title: God of the Nations
Author: Walter Russell Bowie



TOULAN was originally an adaptation of the Genevan Psalter melody for Psalm 124 (124). In one melodic variant or another and with squared-off rhythms, the tune was used in English and Scottish psalters for various psalm texts. It was published in the United States in its four-line abridged form (cal…

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