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FAIR FREEDOMíS LAND

By Dr. J. E. Rankin[1]

 

 

O land, of all earthís lands the best,

Fair Freedomís empire in the west;

From rising to the setting sun,

All nations here unite in one.

 

Fair Freedomís land!

Fair Freedomís land!

Begirt with might, long may she stand!

And may her realm Christís kingdom be,

From lake to gulf,

From sea to sea.

 

Our fatherís came as exiles here,

They saw our day with vision clear,

Despised at home the cornerstones

Which God, the nationís Builder, owns.

 

Fair Freedomís land!

Fair Freedomís land!

Begirt with might, long may she stand!

And may her realm Christís kingdom be,

From lake to gulf,

From sea to sea.

 

Shall we, the sons of Pilgrim sires,

Neglect to kindle fresh the fires

They lighted on Atlanticís coast,

Which makes our land of lands the boast?

 

Fair Freedomís land!

Fair Freedomís land!

Begirt with might, long may she stand!

And may her realm Christís kingdom be,

From lake to gulf,

From sea to sea.

 

Ah, no!by faith Christís standard goes

Beyond Sierraís distant snows,

To where Pacific waters lie

Beneath the golden sunset sky.

 

Fair Freedomís land!

Fair Freedomís land!

Begirt with might, long may she stand!

And may her realm Christís kingdom be,

From lake to gulf,

From sea to sea.

 

By faith this goodly land I see

In Christís own freedom doubly free,

From north to south, from east to west,

Beneath His gentle scepter blest.

 

Fair Freedomís land!

Fair Freedomís land!

Begirt with might, long may she stand!

And may her realm Christís kingdom be,

From lake to gulf,

From sea to sea.

 

 

 

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[1] Gospel Bells, A Choice Collection of Gospel Songs and Standard Hymns for Church, Sunday School, Endeavor and Evangelist, Edited by E. O. Excell and W. E. M. Hackleman, Christian Board of Publication, St. Louis, Missouri, p. 168.Words by Dr. J. E. Rankin, music by Karl Wilheim, arranged by W. E. M. Hackleman.Arrangement copyright, 1911, by W. E. M. Hackleman.