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First Line: Hail to the czar alexander!
Last Line: Alexander!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): Alexander Ii, Czar Of Russia (1818-1881); Honor; Praise; Russia; Soviet Union; Russians

HAIL to the Czar Alexander!
Hail to the Prince of the Free!
Not to the proud would he pander;
Truer and nobler and grander
Than Macedon's hero, is he —

Listen! how melodies rural
Freight every wind with his praise
Give him the golden crown mural! —
First from the seas to the Oural
Liberty's flag to upraise —

Greatest is not the Czar Peter;
(Sound it, O Bells, from each steeple!)
No, for his fame will be fleeter;
No, for the homage is sweeter
Paid to the Czar of the People —

Ah! when the Muscovite story
Ages to ages shall tell,
Still will the patriarchs hoary
Cry, ''Twas the Czar of our glory,
He who loved Russians so well —

God be his shield and defender!
Keep him from sorrow afar!
Then, when his life he shall render,
Fold in eternity's splendor
Russia's redeemer — the Czar

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