I could probably write more on the subject…but nothing is quite as eloquently (or musically) put as this:

This is my song,
from theUU hymnal (Hymn #159) Singing the Living Tradition music set to part of Jean Sibelius‘s Finlandia

This is my song, O God of all the nations
A song of peace for lands afar and mine
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

(this video is from a Helsinki performance of Finlandia by Nightwish from the section of Sibelius’s Finlandia, often called the Finlandia Hymn)

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