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O Beautiful


Everyone American knows the first stanza to “America the Beautiful”. They probably learned it in grade school and it has stuck with them throughout the years.


“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”

In this age of divisiveness, it might be a good idea to recall the rest lyrics:


“O beautiful for Pilgrim feet, whose stern impassioned 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


“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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