America the Beautiful

Fug, poet, Woodstock Journal owner, and author of the new America, A History in Verse, Volume 3, (1962–1970). Ed Sanders celebrated his 65th birthday at the Bowery Poetry Club August 18. There his old compadre Tuli Kupferberg sang these new verses for "America the Beautiful," written by Sanders for Kupferberg's parasong project.

O beautiful for the catalpa flower
And sunflowers in the field
Monarchs on the milkweed pods
To mark the bounty's yield
America! America!
Come sing your song of grace
For every hue beneath the blue
And every creed and race

O beautiful for prosperity
That reaches every land
And water pure cascading free
And healthcare in every hand
O Bountiful America!
Be glad of Eternity
And may your Dream stand in the Stream
Across the Galaxy!

O beautiful for the airplane ride
That sails above the plains
And over mountains, farmlands glide
And deserts bloomed with rains!
America! America!
God bless thy Great Largess
And every town find full renown
And every wilderness!

O beautiful for the inventiveness
That purrs near electric streets
And freedom of the voice and press
The Dawn of Sharing greets
America! America!
May you build sanctity
And see your Dream stand in the Stream
For all Eternity

O beautiful for towering ships
That speed the Milky Way
May peace imbue those starry trips
Where peaceful humans play
America! America!
Let justice forge your stay
And spread no harm nor foes alarm
Across the Spiralling Bay!

O beautiful for an end to war
An end to class and strife
Bring Freedom Rides where no one hides
The truth in every life!
America! America!
Come sing your song of grace
For every hue beneath the blue
And every creed and race!

 
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