Wednesday, July 4, 2007
"O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

"The Star Spangled Banner"

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote new words for a well-known drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," to celebrate America's recent victory over the British. However, only in 1931, following a twenty-year effort during which more than forty bills and joint resolutions were introduced in Congress, was a law finally signed proclaiming "The Star Spangled Banner" to be the national anthem of the United States.

Shown above is a copy of the first printed edition combining words and music -- one of only ten copies known to exist.

From--American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The National Anthem

"The Star Spangled Banner"

Francis Scott Key

O 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 rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' 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 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 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 wash'd 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 free-men 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 Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: β€œIn 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!

Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Have a Happy, Safe, and Blessed

Fourth of July!

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At July 4, 2007 at 6:43 AM, Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

Happy 4th to you and Lee! Wonderful post. I'd never seen that copy of the song. Thanks for posting it.

At July 4, 2007 at 2:44 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Happy 4th to you both!
What a beautiful post...
This week, we had some story tapes we found at the church library from Focus on the Family about the founding fathers, and the beginning of our country, including the story of Key writing this beautiful anthem. These stories are a bit advanced for my girls' ages, so I think I've been enjoying them the most! ;)

At July 4, 2007 at 4:43 PM, Blogger Linda said...

You always do such a beautiful job on your posts. This one is such a blessing. We have so much to be thankful for - for we are free indeed!!
Happy Fourth Myrna!!

At July 4, 2007 at 6:22 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Happy 4th Myrna!

At July 4, 2007 at 8:10 PM, Blogger Midlife Mom said...

Happy 4th my blogging buddy! That was a great post, I too have never seen that copy of the song. We have sooooooooo much to be thankful for in this country, our freedoms for one. To be able to worship as we choose without fear of harm is truly a blessing to behold! Thanks again for my Blogger award, that was so sweet of you and it made my day!! :0)

At July 5, 2007 at 9:08 AM, Blogger violetlady said...

Your blog is beautiful and I love this post. I didn't know the origin of our national anthem. Thank you.


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