"For Thee, O Dear, Dear Country"
                      by Bernard of Morlas, 12th century
                    Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        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.

        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 splendor,
        The Crucified thy praise;
        His laud and benediction
        Thy ransomed people raise.

        3. With jasper glow thy bulwarks,
        Thy streets with em'ralds blaze;
        The sardius and the topaz
        Unite in thee their rays;
        Thine ageless walls are bonded
        With amethyst unpriced;
        The saints build up thy fabric,
        The cornerstone is Christ.

        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.

        5. O sweet and blessed country,
        The home of God's elect!
        O sweet and blessed country
        That eager hearts expect!
        Jesus, in mercy bring us
        To that dear land of rest,
        Who art, with God the Father
        And Spirit, ever blest.

Notes: Hymn #614 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Hebrews 11:16 Author: Bernard of Morlas, c. 1140, cento Translated by: John M. Neale, 1849 Titled: "O bona patria" Tune: "Bona patria" 1st Published in: _Sacred Hymns and Tunes_ Town: Bristol, 1876
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