Scripture Verse

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12

Introduction

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Thomas T. Lynch
(1818–1871)

Words: Tho­mas T. Lynch, The Ri­vu­let, third ed­i­tion, en­larged (Lon­don: Long­mans, Green, Read­er & Dyer, 1868), num­ber 139, alt.

Music: Ev­en­tide Will­iam H. Monk, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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William H. Monk
(1823–1889)

Lyrics

Together for our country now we pray;
Give her good speed upon her ancient way;
And for her broadening world a brighter day,
Till all men prosper that her laws obey.

God save the saints*, and all of honored name!
May virtue shine in them with steadfast flame;
Let worthy deeds inspire the tongue of fame,
And flaring falsities be quenched in shame.

God save the Church! may all good men combine,
As from one root may many branches shine;
And rich in unadulterate loaves and wine,
May lessening want and woe declare her Thine.

God save the people and their houses all,
The thriving, striving, and both great and small!
And let us on Thy love with one voice call,
When the sun rises, and the shadows fall.

*Originally, Queen