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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
(Kathering Lee Bates & Samuel A. Ward)

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 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.


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
Til all success be nobleness
And ev'ry 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.

There are a number of additional verses and alternate choruses that have been pe
nned by more recent singer/songwriters, including the following one, which is us
ed by Alaskan singer/songwriter Libby Roderick:
"America, America, / God shed Her grace on me / and crown our good with humanhoo
d / so we can all be free" HSM

Words: Kathering Lee Bates, 1895
Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1882
(melody originally known as "Materna")


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