Great and fair is she, our land

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1. Great and fair is she, our land,
High of heart and strong of hand;
Dawn is on her forehead still,
In her veins youth’s arrowy thrill.
Hers are riches, might and fame;
All the earth resounds her name;
In her roadsteads navies ride:
Hath she need of aught beside?

2. Power Unseen, before whose eyes
Nations fall and nations rise,
Grant she climb not to her goal
All-forgetful of the Soul!
Firm in honor be she found,
Justice-armed and mercy-crowned,
Blest in labor, blest in ease,
Blest in noiseless charities.

3. Unenslaved by things that must
Yield full soon to moth and rust,
Let her hold a light on high
Men unborn may travel by.
Mightier still she then shall stand,
Molded by Thy secret hand,
Power Eternal, at whose call
Nations rise and nations fall.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2020

Author: William Watson

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First Line: Great and fair is she, our land
Author: William Watson (1910)
Source: The Muse in Exile (New York: John Lane Company, 1913)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



George J. Elvey (<a href="/hymn/PsH/48#tuneinfo">PHH 48</a>) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's <cite>Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tu…

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