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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

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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

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