When watching the Inauguration Concert today, Josh Grobin was singing, "America" with... who did he sing with? Anyway, as verse two started, I realized that I only knew one verse. Sad to admit.
Did you know there were FOUR verses to the patriotic standard? Me neither. So here they all are:
"AMERICA" VERSE ONE
My country 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
Land where our fathers died,
land of the pilgrims' pride;
rom every mountainside, let freedom ring.
"AMERICA" VERSE TWO
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.
"AMERICA" VERSE THREE
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.
"AMERICA" VERSE FOUR
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.
So now you know... Sing along. FREE rebroadcast of the Inaugural "We Are One" concert tonight at 7:00 PM EST and 11:30 PM EST. It was awe-inspiring, flawless, moving, and meaningful. Catch it!