Hymn Study: My Country Tis of Thee

 

My Country Tis of Thee pinterest

I’m sure you know the kind of song that just pops into your mind when you hear a few bars. Sometimes it’s one that ‘gets stuck in your head’ all day. This hymn, is one of those! But in all the best ways .

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!

The words of this song come easily to my mind whenever I hear the title. When I was a young child we learned this song in my elementary school music class and the words have stuck with me ever since. A bit of a cross between a patriotic song and a hymn, it was written by Baptist minister Samuel Francis Smith in 1832.

*Some of the links in my posts may be affiliate links see below for more information. *

This song is often considered America’s national hymn and is very well known. The words were reportedly written in thirty minutes, on a rainy day, while Smith was a student at Andover Theological Seminary. The United States was just over fifty years old and really emerging as the continental power. He wrote the song out of his desire to create a national hymn invoking national pride and asking God for his favor.

While the words were new, the melody was very popular at the time. It was most commonly known as the melody for a British song, “God Save the King”. However, it had also been used across Europe by some pretty well known composers, namely Beethoven and Haydn.

We’re doing our normal listening and copy work with this hymn. My daughter is also learning how to play this song on her violin as her ‘fun song’ for her current level of Practice Monkey’s Suzuki violin lessons. She is having a lot of fun and excited to learn such a familiar song.  I hope to share a video of her performing the song in a few weeks but she wanted a bit more practice time before we videoed her work.

I also am excited to share with you that we are collaborating with Nana from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels who is doing a great painting to go along with this hymn tomorrow. To check out the art lesson from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels you need to be a You Are An Artist Clubhouse Member! This brand new lesson is a part of their Summer Art Camp and one of many courses that are included in the You Are An Artist Clubhouse membership.

Hymn Study Resources:

Violin Sheet Music

Lyrics and Sheet Music

Hymn History

Hymn sung by Lee Greenwood

Hymn (Cedarmont Kids)

Acapella Hymn

Download Your Freebies Below!

Hymn Study Fact Sheet

My Country ‘Tis of Thee Copywork

 

Resource Library and Affiliate Disclosure

When you sign up for the Schoolin’ Swag free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

Resource Library 

This post may contain affiliate or referral links, including Amazon affiliate links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Deals and Freebies

Schoolhouse Teachers is also offering a great sale!

Free Makeover Your Morning 5 Day Challenge! This is a great way to help re-focus and get your day off on the right foot.

Harry The Happy Mouse (Free on Kindle)

Illustrated Would You Rather Book (Free on Kindle)

Enrichment Studies has a great free fine arts memory match game this month!

Free Help Your Child’s Memory Book from All About Learning Press!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Hymn Study: My Country Tis of Thee

  1. So many of the hymns have interesting histories, don’t they? As a Canadian, I like to point out to folks at church that they have the words wrong to this one – it’s supposed to go . . . “God save our gracious queen . . .” LOL But seriously, I love Rev. Smith’s lyrics as well!

    Like

    1. I love when we get to sing this in church. I really need to get better at hymn study, but I think that’s another season for now.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s