888. 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 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.

3 O beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years
thine alabaster cities gleam,
undimmed by human tears:
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
confirm thy soul in self-control,
thy liberty in law.

Text Information
First Line: O beautiful for spacious skies
Title: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Author: Katherine L. Bates, 1859-1929
Meter: C M D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: National Songs
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel A. Ward
Meter: C M D
Key: B♭ Major

Audio recording: MP3
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