My Country 'Tis of Thee

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My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Samuel Francis Smith

"America" or "My Country 'Tis of Thee" is an American patriotic song. Smith wrote the lyrics to an existing tune in 1831, and it was first published in 1832. It was often used as a de-facto national anthem of the United States until the official adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1931.

The tune is the same as that of "God Save the King" and is often attributed to Henry Carey. This tune was first published in its present form in Thesaurus Musicus, 1744, without attribution. However, earlier similar tunes exist; the earliest known is a 1619 keyboard piece by John Bull. Smith wrote this hymn to fit the melody after hearing it used in Muzio Clementi's 1824 Great National Symphony.

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This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.