My Country, 'Tis of Thee

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Melody - "America", from the Thesaurus Musicus, 1740
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1-2: Samuel Francis Smith; 3-4: Henry van Dyke; based on the German original
or, for the German translation of this song

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing:
Land where my father's died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

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