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Till the adoption of our nationwide anthem on March 3, 1931, our unofficial anthem was “My Nation ‘Tis of Thee“:
“My nation ’tis of thee, candy land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land the place my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim’s pleasure, From ev’ry mountainside, Let freedom ring!
“My native nation, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy title I like; I like thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My coronary heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.
“Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all of the timber, Candy freedom’s track; Let mortal tongues awake; Let rocks and their silence break, The sound delay.
“Our father’s God to thee, Writer of liberty, To Thee we sing. Lengthy could our land be vivid, With freedom’s holy mild, Shield us by Thy may, Nice God our King.”
Maybe, on July 4, we will all sing the 4 verses of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”