Saturday, July 4, 2009

Oh, say can you see?

Happy Fourth of July!

I love this holiday! It is one of the less commercial, I think (aside from the fireworks), and it's good to take time once a year to remember how our country was created. It was not easy, nor simple, but few things that matter ever are. I am grateful, especially on this day, to be a part of this country. Despite the problems we face, it is a wonderful place to live!

Just for fun, I thought I'd post the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner. Verses 2-4 are rarely sung, but they are certainly interesting and give a lot of insight into the feelings of Americans at the time it was written (during the war of 1812). I really like verse 4. Enjoy!

The Star Spangled Banner

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, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' 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, now conceals, now 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.

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 wiped out their foul footstep's 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 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, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Jeff said...

I'm glad you included the 3rd verse. It is commonly removed from the star spangled banner. It's not even in hymn books. I'm glad we get to celebrate our freedom today. I will be forever grateful to the 56 signers of the declaration of independence. All of the suffered greatly in the years following that act. But because of them we get to have the freedoms we enjoy today.

Paul and Susan said...

Thanks for the reminder of what the 4th of July is really about.