My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Alternate lyrics

My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

We are a people free, joining in liberty our many throngs.
Through much diversity, grant solidarity,
Turning from enmity in joyful song.

Guiding us in the past, God’s hand has held us fast, God’s pow’r we feel.
May righteousness be claimed, true justice be sustained;
Spirit, with us remain, Christ’s love reveal.

My country ‘tis of thee, struggling for liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my people died, brilliant with nature’s pride,
From plain and mountain side let freedom ring.

©Ken Sehested @ Tune: America. Lyrics: Stanza 1, Samuel F. Smith; stanzas 22-4, Ralph Lightbody and Ken Sehested