Scripture Verse

Happy is that people whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:15

Introduction

Words: John R. Wre­ford, Lays of Loy­al­ty 1837. This hymn was writ­ten in hon­or of the ac­cession of Bri­tain’s Queen Vic­to­ria to the throne.

Music: Dale­hurst Ar­thur Cott­man, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Aristides, Ar­thur H. Mann, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 908 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Harlech, tra­di­tion­al Welsh tune (🔊 pdf nwc)

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

Lyrics

Lord, while for all mankind we pray,
Of every clime and coast,
O hear us for our native land,
The land we love the most.

Our fathers’ sepulchers are here,
And here our kindred dwell:
Our children, too—how should we love
Another land so well?

O guard our shores from every foe;
With peace our borders bless;
With prosperous times our cities crown,
Our fields with plenteousness.

Unite us in the sacred love
Of knowledge, truth, and Thee;
And let our hills and valleys shout
The songs of liberty.

Here may religion, pure and mild,
Upon our Sabbaths smile;
And piety and virtue reign,
And bless our native isle.

Lord of the nations, thus to Thee
Our country we commend;
Be Thou her refuge and her trust,
Her everlasting friend.