For thee, O dear, dear Country,

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CGS No.: 
353

Verse 1
For thee, O dear, dear Country,
Mine eyes their vigils keep;
For very love, beholding
Thy happy name, they weep.
The mention of Thy glory
Is unction to the breast
And medicine in sickness
And love and life and rest.

Verse 2
O one, O only mansion,
O Paradise of joy,
Where tears are ever banished,
And smiles have no alloy!
The Lamb is all thy splendour,
The Crucified thy praise;
His laud and benediction
Thy ransomed people raise.

Verse 3
With jasper glow thy bulwarks,
Thy streets with emeralds blaze;
The sardius and the topaz
Unite in thee their rays;
Thine ageless walls are bonded
With amethyst unpriced;
The Saints build up its fabric,
The Corner-stone is Christ.

Verse 4
Thou hast no shore, fair ocean;
Thou hast no time, bright day,
Dear fountain of refreshment
To pilgrims far away.
Upon the Rock of Ages
They raise thy holy tower;
Thine is the victor's laurel
And thine the golden dower.