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God Save America!   1 comment

U.S. Flag 1912-1959

Above:  The Flag of the United States of America, 1912-1959

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1912) = William Gay Ballantine (1848-1937)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1931/1935), Congregational Christian Churches

This text reflects Dr. Ballantine’s Social Gospel orientation.


God save America! New world of glory,

Newborn to freedom and knowledge and power,

Lifting the towers of her lightning-lit cities

Where the flood tides of humanity roar!


God save America! Here may all races

Mingle together as children of God,

Founding an empire on brotherly kindness,

Equal in liberty, made of one blood!


God save America! Brotherhood banish

Wall of the worker and curse of the crushed;

Joy break in songs from her jubilant millions,

Hailing the day when all discords are hush’d!


God save America! Bearing the olive,

Hers be the blessing the peacemakers prove,

Calling the nations to glad federation,

Leading the world in the triumph of love!


God save America! ‘Mid all her splendors,

Save her from pride and from luxury;

Throne in her heart the unseen and eternal;

Right be her might and the truth make her free!