Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

(1788-1879 / the United States)

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My Country

America! my own dear land-
O, 'tis a lovely land to me;
I thank my God that I was born
Where man is free!

Our land- it is a glorious land-
And wide it spreads from sea to sea-
And sister States in Union join
And all are free.

And equal laws we all obey-
To kings we never bend the knee-
We may not own no Lord but God
Where all are free.

We've lofty hills and sunny vales
And streams that roll to either sea-
And through this large and varied land
Alike we're free.

You hear the sounds of healthful toil,
And youth's gay ...

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The Light Of Home

My boy, thou wilt dream the world is fair,
And thy spirit will sigh to roam:
And thou must go; but never, when there,
Forget the light of home.

Though pleasure may smile with a ray more bright,
It dazzles to lead astray:
Like the meteor's flash, 'twill deepen the night
When thou treadest the lonely way.

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