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America The Beautiful Lyrics

Lyrics Composed by Katherine Lee Bates (1893) 
Melody by Samuel Augustus Ward (1882) 
Popular Version (1913)

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!

America! America! 
God shed his Grace on thee!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet 
Whose stern impassion'd stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
The song prolong.

America! America! 
God mend thine ev'ry flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 
Thy liberty in law!

America! America! 
God shed his Grace on thee!

O beautiful for heroes prov'd 
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!

America! America! 
God shed his Grace on thee!

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!

America! America! 
God shed his Grace on thee!

 

Source: U.S. Army Song Book, 1918




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