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Samuel Alfred Haynes
(wrote the words to Land
of the Gods which
eventually became the
National Anthem - Land
of the Free)
National Anthem of Belize
LAND OF THE FREE
Lyrics by Samuel Haynes
Music by Selwyn Walford Young

O, Land of the free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty
No tyrants here linger, despot must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy
The blood of our sires which hollows the sod,
Brought freedom from slavery oppression's rod
By the might of truth and the grace of God.
No longer shall we be hewers of wood.

Chorus:
Arise! Ye sons of the Baymen's clan,
Put on your armours, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants let despots flee-
Land of the free by the Carib Sea!

Nature has blessed thee with wealth untold,
O'er mountains and valleys where prairies roll;
Our fathers, the Baymen, valiant and bold
Drove back the invaders; this heritage hold
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon,
Through coral isle,over blue lagoon;
Keep watch with the angels, the stars and moon;
For freedom comes to-morrow's noon.

Chorus:
The Belizean National Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ
has revealed
Your Glory to all nations, please protect and
preserve Belize our
beloved country.

God of might, wisdom, and justice, please assist
our Belizean
government and people with Your Holy Spirit of
counsel and
fortitude.

Let the light of Your divine wisdom direct their plans
and endeavours
so that with Your help we may attain our just
objectives. With Your
guidance, may all our endeavours tend to peace,
social justice, liberty,
national happiness, the increase of industry,
sobriety and useful
knowledge.

We pray, O God of Mercy, for all of us that we may be
blessed in the
knowledge of Your most holy law, that we may be
preserved in union
and in that peace which the world itself cannot give.
And, after enjoying
the blessings of this life, please admit us dear Lord,
to that eternal
reward that You have prepared for those who love
You.

Amen