The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

Posted in the Denver Forum

Since: Aug 09

Mundelein, IL

#1 Oct 30, 2010
Before most athletic contests we hear our National Anthem but few give the words,(and therefore the meaning) of the poem much thought. And, probably due to the creeping political correctness that has evolved into a full galloping disdain for this Republic by the elites, we NEVER hear the 2nd,; 3rd and 4th. stanzas of Francis Scott Keys homage to the Standard that represents our political union.

For those who are unaware that there is more to the Star Spangles Banner than what they have heard, here are ALL the words as they were originally penned,(while the author was detained during a British warship bombardment of Fort Mc Henry during the War of 1812;

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 thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, 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 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!

Oh! 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!

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which IT USED to stand."

Aurora, CO

#2 Oct 30, 2010
Very nice!
I haven't heard the whole thing sung since grade school when they taught it to us. Anybody know if they still teach it? I doubt it. It's not PC to be patriotic.

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