“O Beautiful for spacious skies…”
“For amber waves of grain….”
“For purple mountain majesties….”
“Above the fruited plain….”
Wishing everyone a beautiful Earth Day – what’s not to love?
Lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates
Update 4-24-2017 Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, David of Hidden Lens, who sent me the following personal story about these lyrics: “America the Beautiful”, by Katharine Lee Bates, was originally composed/written as a poem while she was here in Colorado Springs, teaching at Colorado College during the summer of 1893. She quickly wrote it after reaching the summit of Pikes Peak in her notebook, and promptly forgot about it until she was putting together an anthology of poems of and about America. The poem was set to music, with different hymns serving as the score. The hymn, Materna, by Samuel Ward, is the score we are most familiar with and sing, “America the Beautiful”. When learning local history in grade school, we had to know this historical footnote. 🙂