The Star-Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key (1814)

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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, thro' the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched, were so galantly streaming? And the rockets' 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?


On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep, where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, what is the which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, as it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now is catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, in full flory reflected, now shines on 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.


And where is that band, who so vautingly swore that the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, a home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsepts' 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 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 perserved 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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