"For Thee, O Dear, Dear Country"
by Bernard of Morlas, 12th century
Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866
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.
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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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