PATRIOTISM AND DEMOCRACY
|153||O Beautiful for Spacious Skies|
|(MATERNA C. M. D.)|
|Katherine Lee Bates,1893, revised 1910||Samuel A. Ward, 1882|
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain !
O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern, impas-sioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness !
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life !
O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears !