The Star-Spangled Banner

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Vorkommen


Künstler

  • John Stafford Smith


Veröffentlichung

  • 1778


Lyrics

  • 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
    Thru 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
    Thru the mist 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 in 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 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 homes
    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!


Wissenswertes

  • 1814 schrieb Francis Scott Key den Text zu der alten Melodie.
  • 1931 wurde dieses Lied zu amerikanischen Nationalhymne.