I agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new” . . . and the ordinary delights brought by each passing day!
Whatever means of celebration you choose, I trust you are filled with gratitude and joy for the Blessings we enjoy in this great country–America the Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving 2020 from Robert and Glenda!!
Lyrics for America the Beautiful . . .
- Oh, 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.
- Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress A thoroughfare of freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.
- Oh, beautiful for heroes proved 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.
- Oh, 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.
Text: Katherine Lee Bates, 1859–1929
Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1848–1903