The story behind the national anthem of the united States

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Katharine Lee Bates, a professor of English literature for 33 years at Wellesley College, she was a happy expedition to pike’s Peak in Colorado in 1893, when he looked “about the size of the country, fertile as the sea that extends well below those of the broad heavens “.

In an instant, he said, “the first lines of the hymn floated into my mind.” These lines became “America the beautiful”.

Everyone knows that the first verse, with its evocation of the “waves of grain amber” and “the majesty of the purple mountain”. But, as you’ve read, and much less sung the whole song?

The hymn is more than a simple appreciation of the poetics of the natural wonders of the country. Evokes the vitality of the united States more and more broad, celebrates its historic past and, especially, evokes her future potential is unlimited.

Praises to the ancestors of pioneers who were “a road to freedom.” . . through the desert”, is a tribute to the defenders of the nation in war, the brave heroes. . . that the more he loved his country.”

More: we look forward to the day when the “alabaster cities” of the united States, finally, “shine, apart from a man in tears.”

The song has always evoked a deep emotion. “I cannot read the lines without swallowing,” wrote one of the first readers of Bates. The voice trembled as the crowd sang a solemn song outside of the White House in 1941, after Pearl Harbor, and six decades later, at ground Zero after September 11.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II offers his fervent prayer: “america, America, God shed his grace on thee”, while coming down from his plane on his first trip to this country.

Many recordings and memorable performances, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Mariah Carey, and others, to share the simplicity that is in motion, without the acrobatic voice that often accompany “the Star-Spangled Banner”.

The music plays an important role in the mysticism of the song. Samuel Howe, a church organist, he composed during a trip to the ferry in 1882 from Coney Island to his home in Newark, to a hymn that is completely different. Attached to the words of Bates, in 1904, after his death.

Without a doubt, today is the day to fully appreciate this magnificent tribute to the united States and all that it represents. Have a glorious Fourth!

“America the BEAUTIFUL”

By Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)
The music of Samuel Augustus Howe (1847-1903)

Oh beautiful sky,large
For the waves of grain-amber,
For the majesty of the purple mountain
Above the plain a profitable!
Oh America! Oh America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Oh beautiful for the walk of the pilgrim
The severe stress passionate
A path of freedom wrought
On the other side of the desert!
Oh America! Oh America!
God fix all the defects
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

Oh beautiful for heroes tested
In a liberating struggle.
What else that I liked in your country?
And mercy more than life!
Oh America! Oh America!
God thy gold refine
Until all success and nobility
And every gain divine!!!

Oh beautiful for the dream patriot
That sees beyond the years
Your city of alabaster shine
Indimitado human tears!
Oh America! Oh America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!