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GNZMS 6 Bracken, Thomas, 1843-1898
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Manuscript number: GNZMS 6
Author: Bracken, Thomas, 1843-1898
Title: National hymn, God defend New Zealand. 1876
Subjects: National songs, New Zealand; New Zealand poetry -- 19th century
Time period: 1876
General: Words of God defend New Zealand
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Bio Note: for more information on Bracken, see W. S. Broughton. 'Bracken, Thomas', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30-Oct-2012 URL:
Physical description: 2 l. ; 34 cm.
Collection: Grey New Zealand manuscripts


The lyrics to God defend New Zealand, written in Thomas Bracken's hand. At end: Dunedin, July 9th 1876

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National Hymn

God Defend New Zealand

[Thos. Bracken]


God of Nations at Thy feet,

In the bonds of love we meet,

Hear our voices we entreat

God defend our Free Land!

Guard Pacific's triple-star

From the shafts of strife and war,

Make her praises heard afar,

God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race

Gather here before Thy face,

Asking Thee to bless this place,

God defend our Free Land!

From dissension, envy, hate,

And corruption, guard our state,

Make our country good and great,

God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,

But, should foes assail our coast,

Make us then a mighty host,

God defend our Free Land!

Lord of battles, in Thy might,

Put our enemies to flight,

Let our cause be just and right,

God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,

May Thy blessings never cease,

Give us plenty, give us peace,

God defend our Free Land!

From dishonour and from shame,

Guard our country's spotless name,

Crown her with immortal fame,

God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be

Freedom's ramparts on the sea,

Make us faithful unto Thee,

God defend our Free Land!

Guide her in the nations' van,

Preaching love and truth to man,

Working out Thy glorious plan,

God defend New Zealand.

Thos Bracken


July 9th 1876


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