America The Beautiful

Like many people, I’ve sung this song (the first verse) enough to almost memorize it, but in our church, we occasionally sing this as a hymn (which it is) and sing all the verses, which i had never heard before. By the time i get to the third verse, it’s difficult for me to sing without starting to choke up! Anyway, the other three verses are absolutely beautiful and since I was thinking about them (maybe because of the people who seem to be trying to destroy this great country as of late) so i decided to post them here for easy recall:

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!

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