My America (Henry A. Russotto)
- (Posted 2010-08-29) CPDL #22071:
- Editor: Stanley M. Hoffman (submitted 2010-08-11). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 113 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Unison voices.
- (Posted 2010-08-29) CPDL #22070:
- Editor: Stanley M. Hoffman (submitted 2010-08-11). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 212 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: SATB voices.
Title: My America
Composer: Henry A. Russotto
First published: 1917
Description: This title was published for voice(s) and piano by Hebrew Publishing Company (New York) in 1917 and is now in the Public Domain.
Original text and translations
Be thou, New World by Heaven blest,
Thy threshold doth on freedom rest.
America, thou hast my love,
And if my valor thou wouldst prove
And ask my life as sacrifice,
It shall be yielded in a trice.
No wherefore and no why I ask,
I shall obey, whate'er the task.
Thy wish is holy, thy command,
I deem as writ by God’s own hand.
With thee in peace, with thee in strife,
Blest nourisher of freedom’s life!
I am with thee, with thee, with thee;
Yea, thou art precious unto me.
Thou sanctuary of the earth!
Thy voice to men has sacred worth,
Like that which did from Sinai sound.
Thy every span is sacred ground.
What sceptre and what throne shall dare
With thy bright banner to compare!
No other friend but thine I know;
Thy foe – I hate him – is my foe!
Amidst thy cannon’s crash I hear
The voice of freedom calling clear.
I bless thy hosts on land and sea,
God’s chosen home of liberty!
The waves roar hymns to thee my land!
Thou’rt led by the Creator’s hand.
Glad echoes from thy every hill
With praise of thee set worlds athrill.