America the Beautiful

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I sang this hymn in worship yesterday. I encourage you to read the words. Pray for America. Enjoy the freedom we have this July 4. We have more than most other countries. Thank God for that. America is far from perfect but we are still allowed to worship God in a church and sing His praises. One freedom I will always be grateful for. Happy 4th of July.

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 pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of 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!

Lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates, 1895
Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1883
Published: 1910 by Oliver Ditson & Co.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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