My Country, 'Tis of Thee


 My Country, 'Tis of Thee - Patriotic Songs

The words to this patriotic American hymn were written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831, who originally named the song simply America.  Smith set his new lyrics to a tune he had been given by a friend, not realizing he was celebrating his native country using a version of the British national anthem, God Save the Queen.

My country 'tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the Pilgrims’ pride!

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,

Land of the noble free,

Thy name I love.

I love thy rocks and rills,

Thy woods and templed hills;

My heart with rapture fills

Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,

And ring from all the trees

Sweet freedom’s song.

Let mortal tongues awake;

Let all that breathe partake;

Let rocks their silence break,

The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,

Author of liberty,

To Thee we sing.

Long may our land be bright

With freedom's holy light;

Protect us by Thy might,

Great God, our King!

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