The National Anthem of the United States

We have all heard a version of the Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner”. Some are stirring and memorable such as Renée Flemming’s rendition at the 2014 Super Bowl. Others are, well, others.

But the soaring lyrics, first written in 1814 which were our national anthem in 1931, shows it is not just some little ditty to our flag. This is not some song that leads in to the start of sporting events and once a year on the Fourth of July. This is a vision for the United States. This is what we as a nation should be aspiring to, the strength and willingness to defend out liberty and freedoms that have been fought for and secured in the past.

But what people may not be aware of is, there are four verses, not just the one we all regularly hear. Take a moment and actually read these words, understand their meaning, but separately and together. Then, take a moment and listen to the dramatic and stunning rendition I’ve linked to below.

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 discloses 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!

This video was produced by Willie Grové, a naturalized American citizen from South Africa, who explains each of the stanzas and sings each one. It is easily one of the most beautiful renditions I have ever heard.

Please remember all four verses. Understand them. Most importantly, embody them as American citizens.

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About VigilantKnight

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