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America the Beautiful
(O Beautiful for Spacious Skies)
Words by Katherine L. Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward

The United States map covered with a flag

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          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 for freedom beat
          Across the wilderness!
          America!  America!
          God mend thine ev'ry 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!


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