Fourth of July Hymns

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by LittleBluestem, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Here are the lyrics of a couple of hymns I thought appropriate to the day. You can hear them at : www.songsandhymns.org/hymns/detail/america-the-beautiful
  2. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Lyrics: Katharine L. Bates
    Tune: Samuel A. Ward

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain;
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed His grace on thee,
    And crown thy good with brotherhood,
    From sea to shining sea.

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stern, impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America! America!
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self control,
    Thy liberty in law!

    O beautiful for heroes proved
    In liberating strife,
    Who more than self their country loved,
    And mercy more than life!
    America! America!
    May God thy gold refine,
    Till all success be nobleness,
    And every gain divine.

    O beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam,
    Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self control,
    Thy liberty in law.

    <FONT FACE="Book Antiqua"><FONT SIZE=+1>
    Neither the author of the lyrics nor the family of the composer of the tune claimed any royalties for this song. They felt it was inspired by God and therefore a gift from God to America. </FONT> </FONT>
  3. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    <C>Aka The Navy Hymn</C>

    Lyrics: William Whiting
    Tune: John B. Dykes

    Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
    And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
    Who walked on the foaming deep,
    And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
    Upon the chaos dark and rude,
    And bid its angry tumult cease,
    And give, for wild confusion, peace;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    O Trinity of love and power!
    Our family shield in danger’s hour;
    From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
    Protect us wheresoever we go;
    Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
    Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.