Iowa -- Beautiful Land

Words by Tacitus Hussey, a pioneer school teacher

Set to music by Horace M. Towner

Was once adopted as the official Iowa Song

Here's a link to the page where I found the song


CHORUS:
Crown her! Crown her! Crown her!
Crown her with corn, this Queen of the West,
Who wears the wild rose on her breast,
The fairest, the richest and best!
Iowa - "Beautiful Land!" Iowa - "Beautiful Land!" 


VERSES: 

A song of our dear Hawkeye State!
Iowa - "Beautiful Land;"
As a bird sings of love to his mate
In Iowa - "Beautiful Land."
The land of wide prairies and trees;
Sweet clover and humming of bees,
While kine breath adds perfume to these,
In Iowa - "Beautiful Land!"

The cornfields of billowy gold
In Iowa - "Beautiful Land,"
Are smiling with treasures untold
In Iowa - "Beautiful Land."
With food hope of nations is she,
With love overflowing and free
As her rivers, which run to the sea,
In Iowa - "Beautiful Land!"

Her tale of the past has been told,
Of Iowa - "Beautiful Land;"
The future is not yet unrolled,
Of Iowa - Beautiful Land."
The Past! How high on fame's scroll
She has written her dead heroes roll!
The future! Fear not for thy goal
O Iowa - "Beautiful Land!"

Then sing to the praise of our God
Of Iowa - "Beautiful Land,"
And our fathers, whose feet early trod
This Iowa - "Beautiful Land."
A land kissed by sunshine and show'rs;
Of corn lands, wild roses and flow'rs-
Oh! thrice blessed land, this of ours!
Our Iowa - "Beautiful Land!"


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Last update: 20 April 2001