It was a joy to hear this thrilling old hymn today at Mass as the recessional. Words by Daniel C. Roberts; music by George W. Warren. A great and rousing anthem for the Independence Day weekend.
Too bad we didn’t have the full choir (they’re off for the summer) and trumpets!
- God of our fathers, whose almighty handLeads forth in beauty all the starry bandOf shining worlds in splendor through the skies,Our grateful songs before thy throne arise.
- Thy love divine hath led us in the past;In this free land by thee our lot is cast.Be thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide, and Stay,Thy word our law, thy paths our chosen way.
- From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,Be thy strong arm our ever-sure defense.Thy true religion in our hearts increase.Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.