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My country,’ tis of thee,

sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;

land where my fathers died,

land of the pilgrims’ pride,

from every mountainside 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

Samuel Francis Smith this date, 2/2/1832 penned, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”  Smith was then a twenty-three-year-old Baptist seminary student.  He was born 10/21/1808 at Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts.  He died in the same location, 11/16/1895.

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