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(Pat's Pick, page 51; Song Budget, page 66.) 1 Sharp.

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
 Of thee I sing!
Land where my fathers died;
Land of the pilgrim's 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, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.