Scripture Verse

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings. Be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Psalm 2:10


Words: Fred­er­ick J. Gil­lman, 1909, alt.

Music: Mel­rose Fred­er­ick C. Mak­er (1844–1927) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Gill­man or Mak­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


God send us men whose aim ’twill be,
Not to de­fend some an­cient creed,
But to live out the laws of Christ
In ev­ery thought and word and deed.

God send us men alert and quick
His lof­ty pre­cepts to trans­late,
Until the laws of Christ be­come
The laws and ha­bits of the state.

God send us men of stead­fast will,
Patient, cour­age­ous, strong and true,
With vi­sion clear and mind equipped
His will to learn, his work to do.

God send us men with hearts ablaze,
All truth to love, all wrong to hate;
These are the pa­tri­ots na­tions need;
These are the bul­warks of the state.