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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
America
By Samuel Francis Smith (1808–1895)
 
[Born in Boston, Mass., 1808. Died, 1895. Composed in 1832, and first sung in public at the Park Street Church, Boston, on July Fourth of that year.]

MY country, ’tis 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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