Star-Spangled Banner - Francis Scott Key - 9:00 A.M. September 14, 1814

(FLAG DAY IS JUNE 14TH DISPLAY OLD GLORY!)

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there,
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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American Lawyer Francis Scott Key was helping in a prisoner trade between the
British and Americans in the War of 1812 when the Battle of Baltimore broke out
near Ft. McHenry in 1814, when he penned the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
All day and night, Key observed the bombardment of the fort from afar. He rose the
following morning and saw that the American flag was still flying, inspiring a
verse he titled “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The words were set to the tune of “To
Anacreon in Heaven,” a melody widely used by lyricists at the time. Back at his
hotel, Key scribbled out the four verses.

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