Friday, June 2, 2017

Defence of Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key

(It was a perfect day to visit Mt. Rushmore and the long drive up through the mountains was stunning.  Along the way, we were studying the poem, The Defence of Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key written during the War of 1812.  The poem was set to an old English drinking song and  officially became the U.S. national anthem in 1931.)

"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 fully 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 foot-steps' 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 freeman 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."  -Defence of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key


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