298. O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

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,
till 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.

Text Information
First Line: O beautiful for spacious skies
Title: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Author: Katherine L. Bates, 1859-1929
Publication Date: 1999
Scripture: Psalm 33:12-22
Topic: National and Cultural Resources
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MATERNA
Composer: Samuel A. Ward, 1848-1903
Key: B♭ Major



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