Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VIII. National Spirit
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
I. Patriotism
Samuel Francis Smith (1808–1895)

MY country, ’t is of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
    Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims’ 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 fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
    To Thee I 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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