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America

America Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of this popular Patriotic song begin with "My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of this "America" song were written by its American author, Samuel Francis Smith. The author of the hymn, Samuel Francis Smith, was born on October 21, 1808 and died on November 16, 1895. The delightful music that accompanies the Patriotic words of the "America" song was composed by Henry Carey.  The composer of the music to the "America" song, Henry Carey, was born on 26 August 1687 and died on 5 October 1743. We have placed "America" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

America Hymn
Title: America *** Name of Composer: Henry Carey *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns

History of "America" song
The history of the song reflects the patriotism of Samuel Smith whose goal was to create a national anthem for the United States. His level of inspiration was so great that he wrote the lyrics in just thirty minutes. The first verses reflect the history and the beautiful geography of the country and the aim to create a "Sweet land of liberty", the powerful words that invoke national pride. The final verse is a petition to God for His continued protection of the United States and for its freedom.

America Lyrics

My country, 'tis 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.


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!


Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!
His truth is marching on.

Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "America" lyrics, Samuel Francis Smith (October 21, 1808-November 16, 1895), was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and achieved fame as an American Baptist minister and hymnist.

Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "America", Henry Carey (26 August 1687-5 October 1743), was born in London, England and became famous as a hymnist, poet, singer and musician.

Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: America
Author of Lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith (October 21, 1808 to November 16, 1895)
Nationality of Author: American
Name of Composer of Music: Henry Carey (26 August 1687 to 5 October 1743)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty"
First Publication Date: 1831

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