337. My Country, ’Tis of Thee

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1 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 mountainside
let freedom ring.

2 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 thrills
like that above.

3 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.

4 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.

Text Information
First Line: My country 'tis of thee
Title: My Country, ’Tis of Thee
Author: Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Freedom; The Life of the Nations
Language: English
Notes: * Or "parents"
Tune Information
Key: F Major
Source: Harmonia Anglicana, c. 1744

Text Information:

This now-familiar patriotic song was written by a Baptist minister and received its first public performance at an Independence Day celebration by the Boston Sabbath School Union in 1831. It was written to replace a German patriotic text sung to the same tune.

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