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Samuel Francis Smith (1808 – 1895)

Baptist minister, journalist and author, is best known for having written the lyrics to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee, which he entitled America.
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Samuel Francis Smith
If you cannot be great, be willing to serve God in that which is small. If you cannot do great things for Him, cheerfully do little ones. If you cannot be an Aaron to serve at the altar, or a Moses to guide the tribes, consent to be "a little maid" to Xaaman the Syrian, for the honor of God's prophets, or a little child, for Christ's sake, to be set by Him in the midst of the people, as an illustration of the sweetness of humility.
Smith quotes
My country, ít is of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrimsí pride,
From every mountain-side
Let freedom ring.
Our fathersí God, to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee I sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedomís holy light;
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!

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