America, the Beautiful (Samuel A. Ward)

From ChoralWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Music files

L E G E N D Disclaimer How to download
ICON SOURCE
Icon_pdf.gif Pdf
Icon_snd.gif Midi
MusicXML.png MusicXML
Sibelius.png Sibelius
File details.gif File details
Question.gif Help
  • (Posted 2011-02-13)   CPDL #22959:   
Editor: John Carter (submitted 2011-01-05).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #21455:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Ashley Etzkorn (submitted 2010-04-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 135 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: America, the Beautiful
Composer: Samuel A. Ward
Lyricist: Katharine Lee Batescreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Published: 1917

Description: This song is a worthy addition to United States patriotic songs. The music, which is the hymn-tune "Materna," was composed by an American who died in 1903. This hymn to America should be sung with fervor and devotion, the refrain "America, America" being especially marked.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. 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.

2. O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned 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.

3. O beautiful for glorious tale
Of liberating strife,
When valiantly for man's avail
Men lavish precious life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And ev'ry man divine.

4. O beautiful for patriot's 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.