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The painting above from 1917, depicts what is
presumed to be Betsy Ross and two children
presenting the "Betsy Ross flag" to George
Washington and three other men. The image is a
version of a painting entitled "The Birth of Old
Glory" by artist, Percy Moran, 1862-1935, from
the Library of Congress:
"America the Beautiful"
Is an American patriotic song which rivals "The
Star-Spangled Banner", the national anthem of the
United States, in popularity. The words are by
Katharine Lee Bates, an English teacher at Wellesley
College, Massachusetts.

She had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs,
Colorado in 1893 to teach a short summer school
session at Colorado College, and several of the sights
on her trip found their way into her poem:

On top of the mountain, Pikes Peak, the words of the
poem started to come to her, and she wrote them
down upon returning to her hotel room at the original
Antlers Hotel. The poem was initially published two
years later in The Congregationalist, to commemorate
the Fourth of July. It quickly caught the public's
fancy. Amended versions were published in 1904
and 1913.

Info from
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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America The Beautiful
Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea ,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
NIV
"American Patriotic Music"
by, Christopher W. French
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Katharine Lee Bates
(August 12, 1859 - March 28, 1929)
"America The Beautiful" Song Lyrics;
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!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot 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!
1. America The Beautiful
2. All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight
3. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
4. The Star-Spangled Banner
5. Yankee Doodle/Dandy
6. Listen to The Gettysburg Address
Christopher W. French
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See In Their Own Words: A book to share with your children and grandchildren.
The Wisdom and Passion of Our Founding Fathers.
By Edward Robert Nasello