Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday USA!

Before the Lord we bow, the God who reigns above and rules the world below in boundless pow’r and love.  Our thanks we bring; in joy and praise our hearts we raise to heav’n’s high king.

The nation you have blessed may well your love declare, from foes and fears at rest, protected by your care.  For this fair land, for this bright day our thanks we pay – gifts of your hand.

May ev’ry mountain height, each vale and forest green, shine in your Word’s pure light and its rich fruits be seen!  May ev’ry tongue be tuned to praise and join to raise a grateful song!

Earth, hear your Maker’s voice; your great Redeemer own.  Believe, obey, rejoice, and worship him alone.  Cast down your pride!  Your sin deplore and bow before the Crucified!

And when in pow’r he comes, oh, may our native land from all its rending tombs send forth a glorious band, a countless throng, and, joyful, sing to heav’n’s high King, salvation’s song!

Written by Francis Scott Key as a thanksgiving hymn for the Fourth of July, 1832.  Included in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, #618, “Before the Lord We Bow.”



  1. Thanks for posting Mr. Key’s fine national hymn, likely little known outside your country. The words are nonspecific enough to be sung by Canadians too. And I especially love his colourful description of the resurrection in the final stanza.

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