Katharine Lee Bates

Young Katharine Lee Bates
14 X 18


Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929). Born in Falmouth, MA. Katharine was an author, poet and professor of English literature at Wellesley. She spent the summer of 1893 lecturing at Colorado College, Colorado Springs. Katharine and some of the other teachers decided to hired a mule-pulled wagon to take them to the top of the 14,110-foot Pikes Peak. It was there that Katharine was inspired to write the words of America the Beautiful.

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I pay tribute to Katharine Lee Bates with this portrait as I imagined her, at only 34 year old, atop Pikes Peak in her travel attire. Bless you, Katharine Bates.

First verse:
O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
from sea to shining sea.



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