Text:America the Beautiful
Author:Katharine Lee Bates
Tune:MATERNA
Arranger (last stanza setting and choral ending):Camp Kirkland
Composer:Samuel A. Ward

799. America the Beautiful

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 every 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 every 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: America the Beautiful
Author: Katharine Lee Bates
Meter: C.M.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Special Times and Seasons: God and Country
Notes: Optional choral ending.
Tune Information
Name: MATERNA
Composer: Samuel A. Ward
Arranger (last stanza setting and choral ending): Camp Kirkland
Meter: C.M.D.
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Arr. ⓒ 1997 by Integrity's Hosanna! Music and Word Music (a div. of WORD MUSIC).



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