Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Song

The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see,
by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming.

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?
Francis Scott Key was a Georgetown attorney who was an evangelical Christian and heavily involved in national politics. Francis was sent on a mission by the President to release a prominent physician who was taken hostage. On the way he was stopped by enemy troops but 25 hours later he realized that America had not been stopped by the bombardment. On that morning he wrote another hymn, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Can you imagine what it would be like if instead of the first verse, we sang the last verse:

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.


Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

So interesting! I had no idea.

Southern Fried Gal said...

I got chills reading this!

Paige said...

Great post for the Sunday after the 4th of July! Have a great week,

Joanna said...

Oh wow...great post!

Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

I tagged you for a photo tag.

Sandy said...

I always get chills when I hear or sing this song....he was so talented and gifted to be able to write this patriotic song...I think of all our troops over seas, their courage and bravery....

Thanks for sharing,


JanMarie said...

The last verse is wonderful and we should take note of it more often!

Thanks for sharing :)
Enjoy your summer. Stay safe.

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Vashti said...

such a great song! Makes me miss New York so much. Hope you have a gret weekend. Love V xx

Jennifer said...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

number17cherrytreelane said...

I love these patriotic songs!

Christine said...

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb

Keep singing!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved reading this....a great post..

Linda T said...

Thanks for this post. I live in Canada, and on every national holiday weekend, in church we sing the first and fourth verses of O Canada. The fourth verse begins like this: "Ruler Supreme, Who hearest humble prayer, Hold our dominion in Thy loving care..."

I wonder how much of an uproar there would be if Canadians realized how Christian the words were to their entire anthem? Thanks for the post.