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POEMS OF AMERICAN HISTORY

AMERICA

My country, 't is of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing ;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain-side

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.

SAMUEL FRANCIS SMITH.

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