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America The Beautiful with Lyrics
The Mountain That Inspired "America the Beautiful"
Purple Mountain Majesty. Before there was a flag rippling over the canvas look closely and you will see snow was falling from the heavens, covering purple mountains and cascading down into the sea—only to return to the heavens and begin all over again. Music by Samuel A. Edited by Tom Fettke. Waco, TX: Word Music,
Empowering Positivity - American Patriotism; What Is It?
It evokes the vitality of an ever-widening America, celebrates its storied past and — most important — evokes its limitless future potential. The song has always stirred deep emotion. Samuel Howe, a church organist, composed it during an ferry ride from Coney Island to his home in Newark — for an entirely different hymn. Have a glorious Fourth! O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! 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 of freedom beat Across the wilderness!
The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates , and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, " Pikes Peak ", first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication. Ward had originally written the music, "Materna", for the hymn " O Mother dear, Jerusalem " in , though it was not first published until The song is one of the most popular of the many U.
In , Katharine Lee Bates, a year-old professor of English literature at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, traveled by rail across the country to Colorado Springs, where she lectured at Colorado College for the summer session. She completed the poem that evening, and it was published for the first time on July 4, , in The Congregationalist newspaper. It was printed again in with revised lyrics, and again in a collection of her poems titled as the version we are still familiar with today. The poem was sung to just about any melody a person could make fit, until , when it appeared for the first time as hymn No. In , in an effort to find music to officially accompany the poem, the National Federation of Music Clubs held a contest for a new composition. It talks about the possibilities of this nation. Our brotherhood, if you will.