“America the Beautiful” – U.S. Independence Day 2013

“America the Beautiful”  –  U.S. Independence Day 2013

American flag

Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates – circa 1892

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 of freedom beat Across the wilderness!

America! America! God mend thine every 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 every 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!

O beautiful for halcyon skies, For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties Above the enameled plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee

Till souls wax fair as earth and air And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, Whose stem impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!

America! America!  God shed his grace on thee

Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale Of liberating strife

When once and twice, for man’s avail Men lavished precious life!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee

Till selfish gain no longer stain The banner of the free!

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

Till nobler men keep once again Thy whiter jubilee!

Garden of the Gods
“America the Beautiful” is one of the most beloved American patriotic songs – with lyrics written by Katharine Lee Bates – probably while she was at Pike’s Peak, Manitou Springs, Colorado – about 1892 – with music later composed by Samuel A. Ward.
We’ve sung this favorite song many times – once or twice while hiking at Pike’s Peak – and it’s always fun.

Best wishes for your U.S. Independence day 2013

About Harrison K. Long

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