AMERICA

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AMERICA
America is based on an “Old English Air,” but I don’t have the name of the original tune.
The tune is also, of course, God Save The Queen. The words to America were written by
Samuel Francis Smith in Boston, July 4, 1832 for a children’s celebration. The tune was
also sung in the German Reich as “Heil Dir in Seigerkranz”.
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 they 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