423. 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 starst through the perilous fight,
o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through 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 victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
praise the Power 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 (1814)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Job 12:23; Psalm 118:9
Topic: God in Society: National Life
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
Composer (attributed to): John S. Smith
Meter: Irregular
Key: A♭ Major



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