My Country 'Tis Of Thee

Lyrics written by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith on a scrap of paper in less than 30 minutes in 1832.

The melody is that of the United Kingdom's national anthem, "God Save the Queen."


My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims pride,
From ev'ry 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.

(Verse added to celebrate Washington's Centennial)

Our joyful hearts today,
Their grateful tribute pay,
Happy and free;
After our toils and fears,
After our blood and tears,
Strong with our hundred years,
O God, to Thee.

(Additional verses by Henry van Dyke)

We love thine inland seas,
Thy groves and giant trees,
Thy rolling plains;
Thy rivers' mighty sweep,
Thy mystic canyons deep,
Thy mountains wild and steep,
All thy domains.

Thy silver Eastern strands,
Thy Golden Gate that stands,
Fronting the West;
Thy flowery Southland fair,
Thy North's sweet, crystal air,
O Land beyond compare,
We love thee best!

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