Saturday, July 3, 2010

Celebrate the 4th of July


O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountains 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 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!



text by Katharine Lee Bates, music by Samuel A. Ward

Photo by Becky Lowmaster 2003, at Belle Passi Cemetery

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