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The National Music of America. 125
spires in the town, the Appian way still re­mains the more famous of the two structures, and even now the bridge from Boston to Charlestown is not conveying " all nations " from "shore to shore," nor does Charles-town ' (sometimes irreverently called " Pig-town" by unregenerate youth) yet rise "in columns to the skies, and strike the aston­ished eyes with glories bright."
With the American of the present, how­ever, the chief employment of the English national hymn is found in the singing of " My Country, 'tis of Thee," which has received the name of " America." This popular setting of the old English melody is due to a Baptist clergyman, Rev. Samuel F. Smith, who was born in Boston, Oct. 21, 1808. Mr. Smith was a very facile writer, editor of numerous religious publications, professor at the Waterville (Maine) College,
1 Charlestown is now incorporated with the city of Boston.
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