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The Riverside song book/Our Country


OUR COUNTRY.

John Greenleaf Whittier. Arr. from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Maestoso.

1. We give thy na - tal day to hope, O

2. Thy pledge of freed - dom moves the world, And

3. Great, with - out seek - ing to be great By


coun-try of our love and prayer! Thy way is

all who hear it turn to thee, And read up-

fraud or con - quest; rich in gold. But rich - er


down no fa - tal slope, But up to free - er sun and air.

on thy flag un - furled The proph- e - cies of des - ti - ny.

in the large es - tate Of vir - tue which thy chil - dren hold;


The fa - thers sleep, but men re - main. As wise, as true, and brave as

Thy great world-les - son all shall learn. The na - tions in thy school shall

With peace that comes of pu - ri - ty. And strength to sim- ple jus - tice they; Why count the loss and not the gain? The

sit, Earth's far - thest moun - tain - tops shall burn With

due, So runs our loy - al dream of thee; God


best is that we have to - day. O Land of lands! to thee we

watch-fires from thy own up - lit. O Land of lands! to thee we

of our fa - thers! make it true. O Land of lands! to thee we


give Our prayers, our hopes, our ser - vice free; For thee thy


sons shall no - bly live, And at thy need shall die for thee!

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.