Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in 1831, only 55 years after the Declaration of Independence had been signed. Marian Anderson performed the song at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Martin Luther King, Jr. recited the first verse of the song toward the end of his famous, “I Have A Dream” speech at the same location, on August 28, 1963. Crosby, Stills & Nash performed the song on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The song has raised a patriotic fervor whenever sung. Maybe we should start singing it at the beginning of every day. The words continue to instill hope when we realize that God is really the founder of our nation. His miraculous intervention with the events leading up to our independence were apparent, as a ragtag army of everyday men went up against the most powerful nation in the world.
That small group grew into a great nation itself, and though it has problems of its own, it remains the best country, where freedom continues to ring.
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!
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.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!