The Star-Spangled Banner
Lyrics: Francis Scott Key
Tune: “Anacreon in Heaven” [Download the mp3]
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 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 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!
O, thus be it ever, when free-men 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 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.