My Country tis Of Thee by Samuel Francis SmithBright, colorful pictures accompany the lyrics to America (better known as My Country, Tis of Thee) in this little book.
The only thing I take issue with is the picture ostensibly showing the Pilgrims. At first glance, I thought it was depicting Ponce de Leon and his entourage searching for the fountain of youth, and closer inspection did not negate that impression. (I dont know why it seems like Ponce de Leon instead of another Spaniard to me, but in any case it is certainly not the Pilgrims.)
For one thing, the Pilgrims did not land in armor. For another, they landed in Massachusetts in November, and there are flowers blooming in the picture, which is definitely not intended as a winter scene.
Its just a book for kids, but its so important to have accuracy ESPECIALLY in books for kids.
Not as the conqueror comes, they, they true-hearted came...
A child who doesnt know better (and most probably dont) would get an entirely false view of the Pilgrims from the picture, and since they Pilgrims are kinda a little bit important in the history of our nation, thats kinda a big deal.
This would be a great book to add to a patriotic library, but I think it would be important for parents to point out that glaring inaccuracy.
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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. Smith wrote the lyrics to an existing tune in , and it was first published in It was often used as a de-facto national anthem of the United States until the official adoption of " The Star-Spangled Banner " in
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 :. Additional Abolitionist verses by A.
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.