April 7, 2010

The Star-Spangled Banner – By Francis Scott Key – Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:01 pm by Sarah Bosse

Have you ever read or sung all of the verses to The Star-Spangled Banner before? Well, courtesy of wikipedia.org, here they are:

Cover of sheet music for “The Star-Spangled Banner”, transcribed for piano by Ch. Voss, Philadelphia: G. Andre & Co., 1862

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 glass 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.

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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n 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!

What’s so interesting about this song? I points out the Christian origins of the United States of America. It is, in fact, our NATIONAL ANTHEM! It bristles and bustles with mention of God’s power and preservation. It speaks of God’s establishment of this nation.

“Blest with vict’ry and peace…”
Someone must do the blessing! It is God!
“…may the heav’n rescued land…”
Another reference to God’s sovereign control.
“Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!”
And WHO is that POWER? God.
“Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just…”
And when it is not a just cause, God certainly has more than the right to tear our nation down from without or within. And I personally feel that our cause is commonly lacking justice these days.
“And this be our motto – “In God is our trust””
And the primary reason for this lack of justice is our nation’s lack of willingness to Trust in…much less RECOGNIZE…God.
“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
I pray that it will continue to wave as long as America follows God’s commands. If we walk away from God, His wrath will be great and our nation will fall apart at the seams.

How many liberals would become enraged if they actually KNEW the last stanza of our nation’s anthem! But as an unpatriotic society, we have lost this once-common knowledge. Then again, perhaps it is better for the liberals to focus on taking “In God We Trust” off of their money so that the rest of us can secretly enjoy our national anthem untouched.

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