Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. 

We sang “America” at church yesterday! Below are the words to the song.

America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)

by Rev. Samuel F. Smith – 1832

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!

Post by Dr. Carl W. Deems, Th.D.

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