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God Bless our Native Land

God bless our native land,
    Land of the newly free,
 Oh may she ever stand
    For truth and liberty.
 God bless our native land,
    Where sleep our kindred dead,
 Let peace at thy command
    Above their graves be shed.
 God help our native land,
    Bring surcease to her strife,
 And shower from thy hand
    A more abundant life.
 God bless our native land,
    Her homes and children bless,
 Oh may she ever stand
    For truth and righteousness.


This poem is in the public domain.


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a prominent abolitionist and temperance and women's suffrage activist, as well as a poet. She authored numerous books, including the poetry collections Forest Leaves (1845) and Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (1854). She worked at Union Seminary in Ohio, and died on February 22, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Date Published: 1895-01-01

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