America (Smith)

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by Samuel Francis Smith
"America" or "My Country 'Tis of Thee" is an American patriotic song. The melody was derived from the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen", by way of a German adaptation. The song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States for much of the 19th century.— Excerpted from My Country, 'Tis of Thee on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    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 thrills,
        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.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.