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27. God save our native land.

by James Walden.

God save our native land
     From the invader's hand--
Home of the free!
     Though ruthless traitors aim
To crush our nation's fame,
     Yet still, in Freedom's name,
We cling to thee!

O Lord! we humbly pray,
     Far distant be the day
Ere that shall be;
     Though lawless bands combine
To shatter Freedom's shrine,
     With faith and hope divine
We cling to thee!

O Lord! when, hand to hand,
     Brothers as foes shall stand,
Shield thou the right!
     Stay these unhappy wars,
Join us in one great cause--
     To guard our nation's laws
With freemen's might!

Lord! may this strife soon cease;
     Grant us a lasting peace--
Parted we fall
     Long may our banner wave
Over the free and brave--
     O Lord! our country save--
God save us all!

--Sunday Times.

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