America The Beautiful

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 for 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!

by Katharine Lee Bates

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Comments (6)

This writer's short verse on writing poems was written nearly 30 years ago, I see. Hope for me yet. I do not see any 'architecture of lineage' in my teachers, friends, and other people, other things. Nor can I accept 'glue for the heart'. Maybe, we should be generous to critics, but patient enough to wait for fame. My father quoted someone's quip: Fame is a thing that dead men eat. AM
Very thoughtfully narrated in its brevity.
some glue for the heart beats- - the architecture of our lineage- - very interesting way of looking at writing
Well written poem.....A thought provoking indeed.
A though provoking and meaningful verse. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.10+ points.
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