NATO: Dove Without a Song

Thousands of copies of a Ceremonial Hymn to NATO were recently distributed to British schoolchildren with the suggestion that they sing it at prayers:

May God who rules o'er earth and sky

Cleanse our fair world from fear.

Let freedom's banner rise on high

And violence disappear.

Build up the power of right;

Bid all the free unite.

Let NATO grow in might

And put its foes to flight . . .

The hymn (air by Thomas Preston, words by Godfrey Lias) was far from music to the ears of the Manchester Guardian, which huffed editorially: "This has a ring of 'confound their politics, frustrate their...

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