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My Country 'Tis of Thee (America) (lyrics only)

Written by Samuel Francis Smith; the tune used for this song is "God Save the Queen", the British National Anthem.

The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest ranges on Earth. They formed 200 to 300 million years ago! More than 17,000 species live in the park. That includes at least 30 species of salamanders!  Scientists say there are more species to find.
Air pollution from power plants, industries, and vehicles affects the ecosystem of mountain ranges across the country. Researchers and park managers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, for example, are studying these impacts  and finding ways to reduce pollution in the park.
Air pollution does not just affect far‐off mountains; it has an impact in everyday life. Students can collect and analyze samples of dust from their classroom, homes, or other places in this activity  from the AMBIENT  program, supported by NIEHS.

  eagle and flag

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

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 fills
Like that above.

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.

Our father's 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!