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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

For Independence Day 2018

"America the Beautiful," performed by the Hillsdale College Choir:



The lyrics of "America the Beautiful" By Katharine Lee Bates (1913):
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 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 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,
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!
Of note and to promote further understanding of our great nation: Hillsdale College offers several free online courses exploring our American heritage.

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! wishing you a wonderful day....

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    1. Could you be having this verse in. mind?

      "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!"

      It really speaks a much-needed message especially for the times we're ivng through rught now, or don't you agree?

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    2. Could you be having this verse in. mind?

      Not particularly, it's an easier song to sing, and is more pleasing to the ears, in my opinion.

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  3. A Friendly Old Ghost said

    An exquisitely beautiful arrangement of our most beautiful patriotic song.

    Happy Independence Day, Everyone!

    May we yet prove worthy of our Founder's Vision.

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  4. Happy Fourth to you and your readers, AOW....and Mr. AOW, of course. Is Warren celebrating the 4th with you, too?

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    1. Z,
      Thanks!

      Yes, Warren is still here. You should see the computer and device charger cords strewn all over this one corner of the living room. LOL.

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  5. Excellent morning! I went to a big military cemetary and replaced all the fascist AmeriKKKan flags with the glorious enlightened hammer n' sickle!

    LMAO!

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  6. I knew you'd have a wonderful post today, old friend. Hope all is well with you.

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  7. I hope everyone had a good day yesterday? I consider any day without illness, disaster, personal attack or finanical loss to be a wonderful day, so my fourth was great, because it was uneventful, and for that I humbly thank God.

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  8. A Friendly Old Ghost said

    Who wrote the really beautiful choral arrangement? The harmonies are full of subtlety and deeply expressive. Not a trace of Kitsch about it. Whoever it was deserves much credit. The song in its plain version is al right, but seems rather flat and lacking in dynamism, even though most of the the words are splended.

    The performance too is especially fine. Who was involved? It would be good to know.

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