A Song that Could Be America’s National Anthem: “My Country Tis of Thee”

I decided to share another song with you that is about America that Americans sing. This is the time of year that Americans are celebrating our Independence Day, July 4th.  The first time I heard this song, I thought it could very easily have been our national anthem because it sings so much about love of America. The name of the song is “My Country Tis of Thee.”  It was written by Samuel Francis Smith in the 1800’s when he was a student in a Theological Seminary, and he used the same tune as the British National Anthem, “God Save Our Gracious Queen.” I learned this song and “God Save Our Gracious Queen” both in school.  Most Americans all know “My Country tis of Thee” because we learn it in schoo.

My Country Tis of Thee

By Samuel Francis Smith

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My country tis of thee

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Sweet land of liberty

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Of thee I sing;

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Land where my fathers died

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Land of the Pilgrim’s pride

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From every mountain side

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Let freedom ring!


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My native country thee

Land of the noble free

Thy name I love;

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I love thy rocks and rills

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Thy woods and templed hills

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My heart with rapture thrills

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Like that above.

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Let music swell the breeze

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And ring from all the trees

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Sweet freedom’s song

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Let mortal tongues awake

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Let all that breathe partake

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Let rocks their silence break

The sound prolong.










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