Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Oh! You Beautiful!

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! 


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!   

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