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Star Spangled Banner
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Lyricist: Francis Scott Key (1814)
Composer: John Stafford Smith
“To Anacreon in heaven”
(published by Blodgett & Bradford, Buffalo, 1861)
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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.
Chorus:
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
2.
On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mist 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, O long may it wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Chorus:
’Tis the star spangled banner, O long may it wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
3.
And where is the band, who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battles confusion,
A home and a country shall 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 O’er the gloom of the grave;
And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Chorus:
And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
4.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the wars desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that has 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.
Chorus:
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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