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Sunday, July 4, 2004

Let's sing this one together

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 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!

Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward

Comments (8)

Thank you for such a fun way to celebrate the 4th.

God did shed His grace on thee.....all of us! Thank you for putting this song in....it was great!

Beautiful. Thank you.

..that was incredible... thanks, Jack...

Definitely a better patriotic song than "God Bless America," which has so few stanzas that the only image I come away with is of ocean waves covered with some frothy material.

I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face. That's beautiful! Thanks, Jack!

Hey, Leigh:

"GBA" (for all its lovely simplicity) could be "God Bless Canada" or "God Bless Norway" for all of its actual description of the US.

Then again, Irving Berlin was looking for a end-of-show song, not a national anthem.

Went to church on Sunday and heard this hymn in the opening and "My Country Tis of Thee" for the closing. Tears came to my eyes both times.

Is this a great country, or what?

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