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PATRIOTISM AND DEMOCRACY


153 O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
(MATERNA C. M. D.)
Katherine Lee Bates,1893, revised 1910 Samuel A. Ward, 1882
 
1.
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 !

2.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern, impas-sioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness !
America ! America ! God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law !

3.
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 every gain divine.

4.
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 ! Amen.





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