North Dakota Hymn

North Dakota State Song


Twisted tree in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

Twisted tree in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota; photo by Courtney Ficek on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

North Dakota Hymn

by James W. Foley and Dr. C. S. Putnam

North Dakota designated North Dakota Hymn as the official state song in 1947; words by James W. Foley, arranged by Doctor C. S. Putnam (sung to the tune of The Austrian Hymn).


North Dakota, North Dakota,
With thy prairies wide and free,
All thy sons and daughters love thee,
Fairest state from sea to sea;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
Here we pledge ourselves to thee.

Hear thy loyal children singing,
Songs of happiness and praise,
Far and long the echoes ringing,
Through the vastness of thy ways;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
We will serve thee all our days.

Onward, onward, onward going,
Light of courage in thine eyes,
Sweet the winds above thee blowing,
Green thy fields and fair thy skies;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
Brave the soul that in thee lies.

God of freedom, all victorious,
Give us souls serene and strong,
Strength to make the future glorious,
Keep the echo of our song;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
In our hearts forever long.

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