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  1. tzfujimino's Avatar
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    My country, 'Tis of Thee

    Hello!
    I have a question as to the lyrics of a song, 'My country, 'Tis of Thee.'

    My country, 'tis of thee,
    Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died,
    Land of the pilgrims' pride,
    From ev'ry mountainside
    Let freedom ring!

    I'm having difficulty in understanding 'tis of thee' and 'Of thee I sing' part.
    'thee' might be a pronoun...but I'm not sure. What do they mean?

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 20-May-2012 at 05:13.

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    Re: My country, 'Tis of Thee

    NOT A TEACHER

    Thee means you in archaic English. It's no longer in use, excepting poetic language.

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    Re: My country, 'Tis of Thee

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    NOT A TEACHER

    Thee means you in archaic English. It's no longer in use, excepting poetic language.
    Thank you, BrunaBC!
    Do you have any idea what " 'tis " means?

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    Re: My country, 'Tis of Thee

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Do you have any idea what " 'tis " means?
    'It is'.

    My country, it is of you (sweet land of liberty) [that] I sing

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