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720. O say can you see, by the dawn's early light

1 O 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, through 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.
O say does the star-spangled banner yet wave
o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

2 O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-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!

Text Information
First Line: O say can you see, by the dawn's early light
Author: Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843
Meter: Irr.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: National Songs
Tune Information
Name: NATIONAL ANTHEM
Meter: Irr.
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Source unknown, ca. 18th cent.



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