1 God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies:
Our grateful songs before your throne arise.
2 Your love divine has led us in the past;
In this free land by you our lot is cast;
Oh, be our ruler, guardian, guide and stay;
Your Word our law, your paths our chosen way.
3 From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be your strong arm our ever sure defense.
Your true religion in our hearts increase;
Your bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
4 Refresh your people on their toilsome way;
Lead us from night to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with heav'n-born love and grace
Until at last we meet before your face.