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Last Line: And usher in sweet brotherhood.
Subject(s): Flags; Freedom; National Song - United States; Patriotism; Statue Of Liberty; United States; Liberty; American National Anthem; America


Uncrowned, among the kingdoms old,
Uplift the torch with flame of gold!
Immortal youth adorns thy sacred brow,
Humanity's new light there shineth now;
O haste the hour when strife shall cease,
And light the world to hope and peace—
America! America!

Let all the earth exultant be,
Hail here the voice of Liberty!
Let East and West thy message ring
And to mankind its portent bring.
Safeguard this land of common good,
The cradle of sweet brotherhood.

Unsung thy fields of amber grain,
Thy mountains grand that shade the plain;
Strong hands of Labor reached from sea to sea,
With heart and mind untouched by tyranny;
O, then, proclaim to all who give
That freedom here to men shall live—
America! America!

Unfurl against the skies of Night,
Thy shining emblem glowing bright,
With paling stars to tell the coming birth
Of that new day upon the travailed earth
When praise of God, the nations sing,
And love in Majesty, our King.
America! America!

Let all the earth exultant be,
Hail here the voice of Liberty!
Let East and West thy message ring
And to mankind its portent bring.
O forge the bond of common good,
And usher in sweet brotherhood.





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