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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By “Lord, while for all mankind we pray”

John Reynell Wreford (1800–1881)

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’ sepulchres 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!