Friday, July 06, 2007

Poetry Friday - America

In honor of the Fourth of July, I was in the mood for something patriotic. So, here are a couple of the middle verses of America the Beautiful, verses we maybe aren't as familiar with.

America the Beautiful
by Katherine Lee Bates

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.

You can find the whole song here.
This week's round-up is by Becky at Farm School.

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