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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
I. Patriotism
America
Samuel Francis Smith (1808–1895)
 
[1832]

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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