The words of this deservedly popular hymn were written by Dr. Samuel F. Smith at Andover, Mass., and it was first used publicly at a Sunday School celebration on July 4th, 1831 at the Park Street Church, Boston. Some text books erroneously give the date as 1832. Dr. Smith is supposed to have selected the music, which is GOD SAVE THE KING, from a German song book in his possession. The fact that it was also an Austrian national song must have convinced him that no one country held a monopoly on the tune, and thus it became AMERICA. The melody was originally English.
MY COUNTRY! 'TIS OF THEE. C. Bradlee. Boston. [ca. 1831] Tune: "God Save The King."  leaf. [ FIRST EDITION.]
¶ Four stanzas. The third stanza, following #2, beginning "No more shall tyrant here, With haughty steps appear" was dropped from the original poem, and only appears in the first broadside.
* AMERICA MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE.
S. T. Gordon. New York. 1861
National Songs. Lith: P. S. Duval & Son. 6 pp., pp. 2 and 6 blank. Figure 3 in 5 pointed star.
Illustration: Crossed American and French flags. Five titles: on left, STAR SPANGLED BANNER, YANKEE DOODLE; on right, LA MARSEILLAISE, HAIL COLUMBIA. In center, between bottom of flag staffs: AMERICA MY COUNTRY 'Tis OF THEE. Sung by Madlle T. Parodi . Between top of flag staffs: SONG FOR THE UNION.
* AMERICA. Firth, Pond & Co. New York. 1861 Our Country's Songs. Five titles on left, five on right, of which this is #10. 6 pp., pp. 2 and 6 blank. Plate Mark 5139.
Illustration: American youth holding the Star Spangled Banner. At left: railroad train; at right: ship.
* AMERICA. Oliver Ditson & Co. Boston. 1861 National Music. 6 pp., p. 2 and 6 blank. Plate Mark 19953.
Illustration: Crossed American and French flags in color. Listing five vocal and five instrumental titles, also OUR FLAG Is THERE. AMERICA is #5 on list of vocal titles.
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Publication information: Book title: Early American Sheet Music:Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889. Contributors: Harry Dichter - Author, Elliott Shapiro - Author. Publisher: R.R. Bowker Co.. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1941. Page number: 46.