America tis of thee lyrics
My Country, Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf MurphyMore than any other, one song traces America’s history of patriotism and protest.
Everyone knows the words to “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.” What most don’t realize is that this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years. Generations of protesters and civil rights pioneers have created new lyrics, beginning in royalist Britain and continuing through conflicts in colonial times, the American Revolution, the suffragist and labor movements, and the struggles for black and Native American civil rights. With spectacular illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Bryan Collier, My Country, ’Tis of Thee offers a fascinating insight into the American fight for freedom.
My Country Tis of Thee with Lyrics
America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)
Federal government websites often end in. The site is secure. My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died! Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
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 glorious Land to-day, 'Neath Education's sway, Soars upward still. Its hills of learning fair, Whose bounties all may share, Behold them everywhere On vale and hill! Thy safeguard, Liberty, The school shall ever be, Our Nation's pride! No tyrant hand shall smite, While with encircling might All here are taught the Right With Truth allied. Beneath Heaven's gracious will The stars of progress still Our course do sway; In unity sublime To broader heights we climb, Triumphant over Time, God speeds our way!
This tune was first published in its present form in Thesaurus Musicus , , without attribution. However, earlier similar tunes exist; the earliest known is a keyboard piece by John Bull. Smith wrote this hymn to fit the melody after hearing it used in Muzio Clementi 's Great National Symphony. This work was published before January 1, , and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. For works with similar titles, see America.
I do think about these things. But — and this can sometimes be my downfall — I like to research. For me, embarking on a simple research jaunt often becomes an epic journey. I also discovered that our official national anthem is a contrafactum setting new text to an existing tune. A Brit! The tune has long served as the United Kingdom's national anthem.
In about 30 minutes on a rainy day, he wrote the now classic anthem. The first three verses encourage and invoke national pride, while the last verse was specifically reserved as a petition to God for His continued favor and protection of the United States of America. 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. Remarkably, about Sunday school children premiered the piece at a memorable Independence Day celebration. Samuel F. Smith was a Baptist minister, author, and journalist.
The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States along with songs like " Hail, Columbia " before the adoption of " The Star-Spangled Banner " as the official U. The church-music composer Lowell Mason , a friend, had asked him to translate the lyrics in some German school songbooks into English, or to write new lyrics for the same tunes. Smith gave Mason the lyrics he had written, and the song was first performed in public on July 4, ,  at a children's Independence Day celebration at Park Street Church in Boston. The first publication of "America" was in Additional verse to celebrate Washington's Centennial : . Additional verses by Henry van Dyke :.