“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!”
America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
When Katharine Lee Bates first penned these words in 1895 as a poem, she titled it “Pikes Peak”. For publication, it was renamed “America”.
As we Americans celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday, here at Dusty Shutt Silver, we are reflecting not only on our nation’s beginning, but also her stunning beauty and virtue. Truly from sea to sea, this great land of liberty shines as a beacon of hope. Inside her great redwoods lie strength; atop her mighty mountains, majesty; beneath her whispering pines, dignity. Upon her low-lying plains lies opportunity; within her brilliant blue skies, courage; upon her wide-open spaces, imagination. Within her bustling cities lies productivity; atop her sandy beaches, joy; among her forests and wetlands, nobility.
Yes, God has truly shed His grace on America – on us. Katharine Lee Bates’ vision for brotherhood as the crown of this great nation is rapidly fading, but virtues still lie waiting here – waiting for us. We hold the key to unlock the goodness this land inspires. By the grace shed on us, may we take hold of America’s bountiful blessings and make common cause and kinship a reality from sea to shining sea.
Dusty Shutt jewelry reflects the beauty and virtue of America’s varied and inspiring landscapes. From rugged to elegant, Dusty Shutt creates pieces that allow Earth’s natural beauty to shine forth. Come celebrate our great land with us! Bring us your ideas, your hopes, and your dreams, and we’ll help you design a piece of jewelry that honors your vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Happy Independence Day, and may God bless America!