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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
The Children’s Song
 
LAND of our Birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place,
As men and women with our race.
 
Father in Heaven who lovest all.        5
Oh help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age,
An undefiled heritage.
 
Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth;        10
That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.
 
Teach us to rule ourselves alway,
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,        15
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.
 
Teach us to look in all our ends,
On Thee for judge, and not our friends;
That we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
By fear or favour of the crowd.        20
 
Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak;
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man’s strength to comfort man’s distress.
 
Teach us Delight in simple things,        25
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men ’neath the sun!
 
Land of our Birth, our faith, our pride,
For whose dear sake our fathers died;        30
Oh Motherland, we pledge to thee,
Head, heart, and hand through the years to be!
 
 
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