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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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