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America for Me

'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down

Author: Henry Van Dyke
Tune: ['Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 ‘Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,
To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the Kings,
But now I think I’ve had enough of antiquated things.

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
My hearts is turning home again, and there I long to be
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

2 O London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air;
And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair;
And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
My hearts is turning home again, and there I long to be
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

3 I like the German firwoods, in green battalions drilled;
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains fill’d;
But, O to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly Western woodland where Nature has her way!

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
My hearts is turning home again, and there I long to be
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

4 I know that Europe’s wonderful, yet something seems to lack;
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back;
But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free,
We love our land for what she is, and what she is to be.

O it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that’s westward bound to plow the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Source: New Songs of Pentecost No. 2 #149

Author: Henry Van Dyke

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Text Information

First Line: 'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Title: America for Me
Author: Henry Van Dyke
Language: English
Refrain First Line: So it's home again, and home again

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