Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Morning Poetry


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 impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
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 ev'ry 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.
~ Katharine Lee Bates

Happy Fourth, friends. God bless America!

16 comments:

d smith kaich jones said...

perfect. perfect.

have a wonderful 4th! love you!

xoxo

Georgianna said...

Happy 4th to you and and Jeffrey and Sloane, Relyn!! xo – g

WhiteStone said...

We sang this today. Oh, that our public school children could to sing this as we sang it...nearly every week.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Beautiful grace
shed abundantly here
this weekend:)
Masses to you, as well.
-Jen

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Happy 4th!

Joanna said...

Happy 4th of July!

x

Tracy said...

Ah, lovely... Happy 4th, dear Relyn! I'm feeling a bit homesick today... :o) ((HUGS))

Patti said...

Have a wonderful 4th- however you spend it!!! Enjoy!

HKatz said...

Happy Fourth of July!

Marilyn said...

Happy 4th to you and your family also!

SE'LAH... said...

HAPPY FOURTH, my dear. Hope you and family enjoy a safe one. one love. thinking of you.

Pearl Maple said...

nice photo
hope you and the family had a nice long weekend

amelia said...

Oh beautiful, is right ...

Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!

Christina said...

oh this is just perfect!!
xo

susanna said...

Happy (belated) 4th of July, Relyn! Hope you are having a terrific summer!!

Lisa said...

Beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful 4th and are enjoying the summer. : )

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