Today is one of those days when we sing our most patriotic songs, hands over our hearts, hats removed from our brows. This is one of my favorites because of its not-often-sung second verse. It is one we citizens need to commit to memory and to heart, that if we are a nation under God, we ought to be so humbly and with contrition as much as we are with pride and faith.
America the Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
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!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
PS. 2007 also marks the 500th anniversary of the naming of America.