How beautiful, our spacious skies

How beautiful, our spacious skies,
our amber waves of grain,
our purple mountains as they rise
above the fruitful plain.
America! America!
God’s gracious gifts abound,
and more and more we’re grateful for
life’s bounty all around.

Indigenous and immigrant,
our daughters and our sons:
O may we never rest content
till all are truly one.
America! America!
God grant that we may be
a sisterhood and brotherhood
from sea to shining sea.

How beautiful, sincere lament,
the wisdom born of tears,
the courage called for to repent
the bloodshed through the years.
America! America!
God grant that we may be
a nation blessed, with none oppressed,
true land of liberty.

–Words by Miriam Theresa Winter (c) Medical Mission Sisters 1993
–Sung to the tune MATERNA (same tune as for “O beautiful for spacious skies”)

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