This hymn was written by Samuel Smith while he was a student at Andover Seminary in Boston in 1831. Because of his fluency in German, he had been asked to translate some German songs and materials into English. As he sat in his room on a cold February afternoon, he was struck by the tune “Gott segne Sachsenland” (“God Bless our Saxon Land”). The melody inspired him Samuel wrote, in about a half an hour, the words to the tune we now know as “America.” He lived a long life sharing God’s word around the world, and is most remembered by the hymn he wrote as a 23 year old student.
Our fathers’ 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. 4th verse of “America” Samuel F. Smith