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Thursday, July 4, 2013

America the Beautiful

The patriotic hymn dates back to 1893.  As you read it, you will see the poet realized the things she praised were beautiful and fragile, needing care and attention.  The only way liberty can survive is by joint effort of man with care from God.

America the Beautiful, lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates, melody by Samuel Ward.
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 of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every 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
Till all success be nobleness
And every 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!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
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
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!
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The whiter jubilee is the hope that the day will come when politicians will be servants of the people and be unable to gain from their political office.  Indeed second part of the third verse originally said,
"America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
'Til selfish gain no longer stain,
The banner of the free."

Given the political context, the selfish gain referred to is the sort of thing we see when politicians use public money to enrich themselves and their buddies, and when politicians use public law to restrict liberty.

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May God bless America

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