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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
America the Beautiful

By Katharine Lee Bates

(Professor at Wellesley College, 1859–1929. This poem has been adopted as the official hymn of the American Federation of Women’s Clubs)
O BEAUTIFUL for spacious skies,
  For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
  Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!        5
  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        10
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
  Across the wilderness!
    America! America!
  God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,        15
  Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved
  In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
  And mercy more than life!        20
    America! America!
  May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
  And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream        25
  That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
  Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
  God shed His grace on thee        30
And crown thy good with brotherhood
  From sea to shining sea!

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