Happy Fourth of July!

 

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

 

Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Words & Music first performed together in 1910

O, beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain;

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

                                                                                              

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern, impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,         

Thy liberty in law!

 

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life!

America! America! May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness,

And ev’ry gain divine!

 

O beautiful for patriot dream                                         

That sees beyond the years                                  

Thine alabaster cities gleam                                 

Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!  God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

 

 

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