The Star-Spangled Banner

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The Star-Spangled Banner  (1814) 
by Francis Scott Key
National anthem of the United States, by a Congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. This transcript uses "Defence of Fort McHenry". Sung to the tune of a popular English drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven."

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O! say can you see by the dawn's early light Francis Scott Key Fred Waring Defence of Fort M'Henry broadside.jpg Star-spangled banner.ogg

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 watch'd, 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 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 lov'd home and the war's desolation,
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land,
 Praise the Power that hath made and preserv'd 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.