(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

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(after A. G. Visser)

From Europe You brought our ancestors to this country
and did settle us here and did lead us further north to the equator
where in this dark Africa a person will everywhere find our bloody-trail
but we were always in the protection of Your mighty hand,
as You have planted our people that as truly religious humans that did follow You
and in times of great distress and danger You were near,
from You come our urge and will to exist as in freedom,
whish is more than an emotion but an ideal in the mind
and always your protection and presence was wonderful,
as for us there is no other living place and no other fatherland
where You have protected us through many wars and oppression,
even when a world power did destroy our farms, houses, yards and towns by fire
where we do settle and are in search of a place in the sun in times of danger
and now I do beg do notice us in times of oppression do restore us again.

[Reference:"Vry" deur A. G. Visser.]

© Gert Strydom

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