America the Beautiful Is A True Statement

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My Country, From Sea To Shining Sea!

"From sea to shining sea" is an American idiom meaning from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. The words are by Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College. In 1893, Bates had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College, and several of the sights on her trip found their way into her poem.

America The Beautiful

The Poem, First Verse

Yosemite National Park

O beautiful for spacious skies

Amber waves of grain

For amber waves of grain

Purple mountains

For purple mountain majesties

The Showcase of Citrus

Above the fruited plain

The Statue of Liberty

America! America!

Shed His Grace

God shed His grace on thee

Mount Rushmore

And crown thy good with brotherhood

California coast

From sea

Shining Sea

To shining sea!

...and the rest of this beautiful poem...

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!

The Barn

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America!
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine!

Coast

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!

Pond

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!

Village

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stern 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!

Bridge

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!

Grazing

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!

River

May they shine forever!

May God bless him and all other persons serving in our military forces who risk their lives in order to preserve and defend the God-given rights of all ~ "that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" ~ which we may exercise freely as citizens of a truly great nation:

 The United States of America!!  
May they shine forever!