Monday, June 14, 2010

The Whole Star Spangled Banner Anthem!

Do you know the Star Spangled Banner? All of it?

Here it is, in its entirety.

First Verse
Oh, 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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air 

Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave 

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse
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 in the stream; 
'Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, Oh long may it wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse
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 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.

Fourth Verse
Oh, 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!

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