Lord of the Gracious Sunshine   3 comments

Above:  The Union Jack

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1893) by George Thomas Coster (1835-1912), an Englishman

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), which lists it under the category “Our Country”

A Temperance Hymn


Lord of the gracious sunshine,

Lord of the angry flame,

Thou in the book of nations

Hast writ our country’s name:

Blot it not thence, we pray thee,

To our eternal shame!


There is a foe among us,

That’s stronger than the strong,

In men the manhood slaying,

To children doing wrong:

And shall it rage forever?

How long, O Lord, how long?


Eyes charmed to blindness, open,

This subtle foe to shun;

Breathe in each patriot bosom

The spirit of thy Son;

From all self-pleasing save us,

And let thy will be done!


O God, for this, our home-land,

We lift our prayer to thee:

Pardon us, Lord, and may we

Be pure, and strong, and free,

And while the earth remaineth,

Thy people ever be!


Posted February 13, 2021 by neatnik2009 in Community and Country 1800s

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