Katharine Lee Bates

(1859-1929 / United States)

America The Beautiful

Poem by Katharine Lee Bates

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 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!


Comments about America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/19/2019 4:51:00 AM)

    A amazing poem shared. Needed and wonderful words written. Thank you Katharine for sharing the poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ologunde Joshua (11/14/2017 4:49:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Rogelio GuillermoRogelio Guillermo (10/12/2017 10:30:00 AM)

    Of course, God shed His grace on Ameica but a lot of people do not realized that...(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/20/2017 11:17:00 PM)

    A great song of patriotism and pride for motherland is displayed in this beautiful verse. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • John SJohn S (3/20/2017 5:09:00 PM)

    Great descriptive language:
    Spacious Skies, Purple Mountain Majesties... great alliteration
    crown thy good with brotherhood - cown our good land with brothership, fellowship etc.
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law! - in discipline and cooperation may we progress
    liberating strife
    Thine alabaster cities gleam - cities that gleam and sparkle with hope like an alabaster stone.
    - - - - may writing like this be the norm one day again, we can only hope for an intellectual reawakening in America- - - - - - - - - - -(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/20/2017 12:57:00 PM)

    America! America!
    God shed His grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!
    The poetess- Katharine Lee Bates has paid a rich tribute to her beautiful country.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/20/2017 6:43:00 AM)

    More than a century old, the poem is a great tribute to a great country which has been a symbol of freedom and liberty, equality of people and abolition of slavery, not to talk of scientific temperament. A handful of people may not like it but it is true. Thanks.
    America! America! / God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control / Thy liberty in law!(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (3/20/2017 3:30:00 AM)

    a beautifully written patriotic poem of it's time?(Report)Reply

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  • Ajayi Olayide (3/20/2017 3:25:00 AM)

    Amen to this prayer beautifully crafted into rhyme and rhythm. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/20/2017 1:49:00 AM)

    BROTHERHOOD! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/20/2017 12:51:00 AM)

    Above the fruited plain.... thanks for sharing...(Report)Reply

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  • Nick KlerNick Kler (2/26/2017 4:52:00 AM)

    It's a prayer. Amen to that(Report)Reply

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (1/19/2017 12:44:00 PM)

    Those words will forever remain beautiful and aspiring.(Report)Reply

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  • Joe MuschaweckJoe Muschaweck (11/23/2014 11:31:00 PM)

    This Poem Is The Root Of Hope. Stemming From The Seeds Of Love. I Am Moved EVERY Time I Read This, For It's Bitter-Sweet. What Once Was, That Is Now Supposed To Be... Isn't... But Such Is Life... Who Am I To Ponder?(Report)Reply

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (11/23/2014 10:35:00 PM)

    This is a very significant poem about the beauty and the importance of America.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/23/2014 8:06:00 AM)

    A great tribute that can offer by a poet to his country and the patriotic feeling in the poem is really amazing.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/1/2014 6:04:00 PM)

    ..........this is one of the best poems ever written....wish I could write as well.....enjoyed this beautiful poem...(Report)Reply

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  • Carlos Echeverria (11/23/2012 3:35:00 PM)

    The poet's pure heart elevates this poem out of jingoism. It rings true today and everyday.(Report)Reply

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  • Erik Christiansen (11/23/2011 11:01:00 AM)

    Now, about this poem,

    It sends shivers down my spine, and my eyes water my pride.

    What a wonderful and grandeurous tribute to the country I love.(Report)Reply

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  • Erik Christiansen (11/23/2011 10:57:00 AM)

    Rikki Nandy, I despise you. Talk about reverse racism! Sure at one point blacks were enslaved by whites. At the birth of our country, the pilgrims this very poem speaks of, came to america to escape oppression of the english tyranny and church. They came here to be liberated.

    Today, minorities are afforded the same honor of liberty. America is about personal liberty, where you enjoy the freedom to make your life however you wish to construct it. Yes, being successful is hard work, so I suggest you get started.

    Sure, the remnants of the bigotry defeated by the civil rights movement remain, and effect the lives of non-whites.

    You're welcome to sit in the front of the bus with me, OK?

    Who gives a flying one about social dogma, you're guilty of it as is every other person. All people of ANY color live protected by the same bill of rights.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 8, 2001


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