Lord, While For All Mankind

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1 Lord, while for humankind we pray
of every clime and coast,
O hear us for our native land,
the land we love the most.

2 Our fathers' resting places here,
and here our kindred dwell,
our children too: how should we love
another land so well?

3 O guard our shores from every foe,
with peace our borders bless;
with prosperous times our cities crown,
our fields with plenteousness.

4 O may we, Lord, be one in You
in knowledge, truth and love;
and let our songs of freedom rise
from earth to heaven above.

5 Lord of the nations, thus to You
our country we commend;
be now her refuge and her trust,
her everlasting friend.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #609

Author: John Reynell Wreford

Wreford, John Reynell, an English Unitarian minister, was born December 12, 1800, at Barnstaple; educated at Manchester College, and in 1826 became pastor of a Church in Birmingham. In 1831, on account of the failure of his voice, he withdrew from the active work of the ministry and, in conjunction with Rev. Hugh Hutton, established a school at Edgbaston. He wrote a History of Presbyterian Nonconformity in Birmingham, 1832, and Lays of Loyalty, 1837. He contributed fifty-five hymns to Rev. J. R. Beard's Collection, 1837. His most popular and valuable hymn is the one given in this book. The last years of his life were spent in retirement at Bristol, where he died in 1891. —Hymn Writers of the Church by Charles Nutter… Go to person page >

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