America The Beautiful Poem by Katharine Lee Bates

America The Beautiful

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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!

America The Beautiful
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rinki Nandy 23 November 2011

Its a place of freedom, and joy, and life and all good things life can ever provide, there is only one condition though...it is only for the white. Only the white race can live there, rest are slaves, blacks, pakis, terrorists and foreigners. That's all about America, should be suitably renamed Whitemarica, warn the non whites who enter the danger zone.

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Erik Christiansen 23 November 2011

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.

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Erik Christiansen 23 November 2011

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.

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Hebert Logerie Sr. 23 November 2014

This is a very significant poem about the beauty and the importance of America.

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Joe Muschaweck 23 November 2014

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?

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Chinedu Dike 28 January 2022

A beautiful, patriotic rendition.

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Nicole O 12 December 2020

Thank goodness this happy poem was not set to some strange foreign melody laughter well.said

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Castellenas John 19 March 2019

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

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Ologunde Joshua 14 November 2017

Thanks for sharing.

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Rogelio Guillermo 12 October 2017

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

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