Scripture Verse

The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers: let Him not leave us, nor forsake us: That He may incline our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and His statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. 1 Kings 8:57–58


Charles H. Gabriel

Words: War­ren R. Fitch, 1906.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: Due to the com­plex­i­ty of the mu­sic, this piece may be bet­ter suit­ed for a choir, rath­er than con­gre­ga­tion­al sing­ing.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Fitch (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


God of all might, our fathers’ God,
This land we love belongs to Thee,
From shores the pilgrims’ feet first trod,
Far westward stretching to the sea;
Lest in our vanity and pride
We cease to do Thy righteous will,
And from the right now turn aside,


Be with us still! Be with us still!
God of all might be with us still!

In freedom’s cause our fathers fought
And crossed the wild and stormy deep;
The priceless boon which here they bought,
May we, their children, ever keep;
That as a nation strong we may
Our highest destiny fulfill,
Nor foolishly go far astray.


By greed of power or lust of gain
May we be tempted nevermore!
Forbid, O Lord, that we should stain
Fair freedom’s flag with human gore
For sake of conquest; rather, let
Christ’s tender love our bosoms fill;
Lest in our folly we forget,


If for an empire we will seek
Still other lands beyond the sea,
We’ll wait, O Lord, till Thou dost speak,
For Thou wouldst have all people free;
O let us not, in freedom’s name,
Go forth to pillage, burn and kill;
Lest for such deeds we blush with shame.