O Say, Can You See (The Star-Spangled Banner)

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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, 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 freemen 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 has 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!

Source: One in Faith #953

Author: Francis Scott Key

Frances Scott Key USA 1779-1843. Born in Frederick County, MD, and educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, a devout Episcopalian, he practiced law in Washington, DC for four decades. He was U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia until his death. He argued some of his cases at the Supreme Court. Key served briefly in a Georgetown militia unit. He married Mary Tayloe Lloyd in 1802, and they had eleven children: Elizabeth, Maria, Francis, John, Anna. Edward, Daniel, Philip, Ellen, Maria, and Charles. He also wrote a few hymn lyrics. During the War of 1812, which Key was against, the British invaded the U.S. and burned the White House, Capitol Building, and Library of Congress. One of Key’s friends, Dr. William B… Go to person page >

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #635
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African American Heritage Hymnal #606

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #570

Ambassador Hymnal #629

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #635

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #644

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #699

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Gather Comprehensive #891

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #873

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #305

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Hymns of Faith #549

Hymns of the Christian Life #590

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Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints #340

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #789

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One in Faith #953

Rejoice Hymns #696

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Sing Joyfully #601

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Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #436

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The Celebration Hymnal #802

The Christian Life Hymnal #605

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The Hymnal 1982 #720

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #576

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #458

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The Worshiping Church #423

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Total Praise #606

Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #VIII

Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted) #IX

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Worship (3rd ed.) #761

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Yes, Lord! #500

[Shaʻare shirah] = Gates of Song #161

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