America the Beautiful: A truly American anthem

SherrbkI love this song.  It is the best American anthem in my opinion.  For one, it is a great tune.  But, while the tune is actually beautiful and singable, the lyrics are the type of lyrics that show humility and respect for the God who in His providence paved the way for our great nation.  My favorite line in the poem:  "America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law." 

On our nation’s birthday this year, we need to pray in this way–that God would mend our flaws and that we would learn self-control in materialism and think of our fellow Americans as well as those around the world in hunger for food and in need of the good news of Jesus.

America the Beautiful

Lyrics written 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates after climbing Pike’sLba91kcramer Peak on her trip to visit the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago; set in 1910 to the music of "Materna" composed 1882 by Samuel A. Ward, recorded by Ray Charles 1972, by Elvis Presley 1975.

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 impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov’d
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 ev’ry gain divine.
[original lines:God shed his grace on thee Till selfish gain no longer stain The banner of the free!]

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.

Sources:
http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/snd/americathebeautiful.html
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/Library_Bulletin/Apr1991/LB-A91-KCramer.html

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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