510. 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 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!

3 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!

4 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!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: O beautiful for spacious skies
Title: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Author: Katherine Lee Bates (1893, 1904)
Publication Date: 1955
Meter: C. M. D.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:7-9; Deuteronomy 8:14; Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 67:1
Topic: Armistice Day; Memorial Day; Nation, The (2 more...)
Tune Information
Name: MATERNA
Composer: Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Composer (descant): William H. Schutt (1940)
Meter: C. M. D.
Key: C Major
Copyright: Descant from Hymnal for Christian Worship. Used by permission of John Knox Press.



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