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 power 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 us all.
Home of the brave and free,
Fair land of liberty,
We pray that still on thee
God's blessing fall.

3 And not this land alone,
But be Thy mercies known
From shore to shore,
Lord, make the nations see
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world o'er.

Source: Christian Hymns: for church, school and home: with music #217

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



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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