AMERICA (verse 1) by Samuel Francis Smith
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!
This is a song of pride that ‘I’ as an individual live in America. I have a place; my parents had a place; and there is potential and freedom for my children to grow.
The value of liberty was tested, and grew permanently in American awareness. All American thought, interaction and endeavors are assessed with liberty. America has many land-based representations of the overwhelming opportunity for prosperity and liberty: the Statue of Liberty, the original 13 colonies, the Mississippi River, and the Rocky Mountains. These locations represent the potential for expansion, the history, and the work that settled them.
America resonates as a nation of idealists.