America Befriend or Peace Hymn of the Republic by Henry Van Dyke is a patriotic poem that glorifies the goodness of America. This is another patriotic poem about America that would be a wonderful addition to your next patriotic holiday or event.
To thee O Lord, our God, Thy mighty hand
Hath made our country free;
From all her broad and happy land
May worship rise to Thee.
Fulfill the promise of her youth,
Her liberty defend;
by law and order, love and truth,
The strength of every state increase
In Union's golden chain;
Her thousand cities fill with peace,
Her million fields with grain:
The virtues of her mingled blood
in one new people blend;
by unity and brotherhood,
O suffer not her feet to stray;
But guide her untaught might,
That she may walk in peaceful day,
And lead the world in light.
Bring down the proud, lift up the poor,
unequal ways amend;
by justice, nation-wide and sure,
Through all the waiting land proclaim
The gospel of good-will;
And may the joy of Jesus' name
In every bosom thrill.
O'er hill and vale, from sea to sea,
Thy holy reign extend;
By faith and hope and charity,
Would you like to hear the United States Air Force Academy Cadets performing a medley of patriotic poems set to music? You can download the American Medley: Featuring: America Befriend - The Pledge Allegiance - God Bless America from Amazon or get the entire album on iTunes.