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601. The Star-Spangled Banner

1 O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's 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?

2 O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes 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 preserved 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!

Text Information
First Line: O say, can you see
Title: The Star-Spangled Banner
Author: Francis Scott Key
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: National Hymns
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: [O say, can you see]
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Key: A♭ Major



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