October 20, 2004


Blessed New Hampshire, where the elementary school sing-along began today with one hymn, America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) (Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895)

1. 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 mountainside let freedom ring!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

and ended with another, Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (1908) (Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer)
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the Red Sox,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2004 1:00 PM
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