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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
By Samuel Francis Smith (1808–1895)
MY country! ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of Liberty!
    Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died;
Land of the pilgrim’s pride;        5
From every mountain side
    Let freedom ring.
My native country! thee—
Land of the noble free!
    Thy name I love:        10
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
    Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,        15
And ring from all the trees
    Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break;        20
    The sound prolong.
Our father’s God! to thee—
Author of Liberty!
    To thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright        25
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by thy might,
    Great God, our King!

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