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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of this favorite Patriotic song begin with "O beautiful for spacious skies,  for amber waves of grain" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of this "America the Beautiful" song were written by its American author, Katherine Lee Bates. The author of the hymn, Katherine Lee Bates, was born on August 12, 1859 and died on March 28, 1929. The soaring music that accompanies the Patriotic words of the "America the Beautiful" song was composed by Samuel Augustus Ward.  The composer of the music to the "America the Beautiful" song, Samuel Augustus Ward, was born on December 28, 1847 and died on September 28, 1903. We have placed "America the Beautiful" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

America the Beautiful Hymn
Title: America the Beautiful *** Name of Composer: Samuel Augustus Ward *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Katherine Lee Bates *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns

History of "America the Beautiful"
Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the poem "America the Beautiful" when she traveled to the top of Pike's Peak, one of the highest summits of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado. The poem was originally published in the 4th July edition of the church periodical 'The Congregationalist' in 1895.

America the Beautiful Lyrics

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 thorough fare 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.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabster 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.

Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "America the Beautiful" lyrics, Katherine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859-March 28, 1929), was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States and achieved fame as an American hymnist and professor.

Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "America the Beautiful", Samuel Augustus Ward (December 28, 1847-September 28, 1903), was born in Newark, New Jersey and became famous as a musical composer and Church organist.

Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: America the Beautiful
Author of Lyrics: Katherine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 to March 28, 1929)
Nationality of Author: American
Name of Composer of Music: Samuel Augustus Ward (December 28, 1847 to September 28, 1903)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "O beautiful for spacious skies,  for amber waves of grain"
First Publication Date: 1920

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