America, the beautiful



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Oral Recitation

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 ev'ry 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,

'Til all success be nobleness, and ev'ry 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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