On this day

This is the day the song that had been selected as our national anthem was adopted officially.  Many struggle to remember the words of the first verse; but the poem that was penned by Francis Scott Key has four (yes that is right 4) stanzas.  It was penned in his joy and pride at the perserverance and defiance of Ft McHenry after enduring a night long British Naval bombardment which Key had been forced to watch from the deck of the British warship that he had gone to seeking the release of a Maryland doctor who was being held by the British.

Oh, 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?


On the shore, dimly seen through 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 wiped out their foul footstep's 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.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen 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!

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Comments (11)

  1. noahbody

    Always brings a tear to my eye. Thanks.

    March 03, 2017
    1. SEC

      mine too

      March 03, 2017
      1. noahbody

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  2. Bettymom

    Yup – I always stand up, put my hand over my heart and sing along, even when I’m home alone!!

    March 03, 2017
    1. SEC


      March 03, 2017
  3. wirelessguru1

    The new Mexican anthem will be: Jose can you see, over that big Mexican Wall…

    March 03, 2017
    1. SEC

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  4. magnocrat

    I’m reminded of Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory
    Mother of the Free.

    March 04, 2017
    1. SEC

      I’m unfamiliar with that piece

      March 04, 2017
  5. magnocrat

    It is a sort of national anthem sung with great fervour and much flag waving at the last night of the Proms, ending God who made thee mighty make thee mightier yet.

    March 04, 2017
    1. SEC

      ah okay

      March 04, 2017