Thomas Bracken

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Thomas Bracken

Thomas Bracken (21 December 184316 February 1898), born at Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, was a late 19th century poet who wrote the New Zealand National Anthem and who was the first person to publish the phrase God's Own Country..


  • God of Nations, at thy feet,
    In thy 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 presence heard afar,
    God Defend New Zealand!
  • Give me, give me God's own country! there to live and there to die,
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