Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday America!!

O 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 every gain divine!
~~~America the Beautiful
~~Katharine Lee Bates

We sang this in church last Sunday, and this particular verse really, really choked me up.

God Bless America!! And God Bless our troops!!
Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th!!


Connie said...

I love this song and that verse is especially touching. I heard that this song was in the running for the national anthem but was shot down because it was written by a woman. Not sure if it's true but if it is, too bad.

Kristina P. said...

Happy 4th of July!

tammy said...

Yes, that is the same verse that brought tears to my eyes today! Which is kind of not good when you need to see the notes to play. It actually was an amazing fast & testimony meeting today.

Cherie said...

I was all choked up when we sang patriotic hymns at church today!

Hope you are having a fun 4th!

Anonymous said...

i love this time of the year. i hope you had a wonderful 4th of july :)

Jenny said...

We sang it this week in church, loved singing it. I felt full of gratitude the whole day through for our freedoms.

Lindzena said...

There is always so much to be found beyond the first few verses of the well known American songs! They are always my favorite part.

Thanks for stopping by my blog a while back! I promise I'm usually faster at responding than this! - Lindz

Dolly said...

I'm reading your post while listening to Donny sing-pure heaven!!! Thanks Mikki:) I needed this post-♥