America (1770) (William Billings)
- Editor: Aaron Giles (submitted 2016-09-20). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 42 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Transcribed from "The New England Psalm-Singer"
Original text and translations
To Thee the tuneful Anthem soars,
To Thee, Our Father's God, and ours;
This wilderness we chose our seat:
To Right secur'd by Equal Laws,
From Persecution's Iron Claws,
We here have sought our calm Retreat.
See how the flocks of Jesus rise,
See how the Face of Paradise
Blooms through the Tickets of the Wild.
Here Liberty erects her Throne;
Here Plenty pours her Treasures down;
Peace smiles, as heav'nly Cherubs mild.
Lord, guard Thy Favors; Lord extend
Where farther Western suns descend;
Nor Southern Seas the Blessings bound;
Till Freedom lifts her cheerful Head,
Till pure Religion onward spread,
And beaming, wrap the Globe around.