Originally an untitled poem written during The War of 1812 with the British on September 14th 1814
The Star-Spangled Banner
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, 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 & 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 in the stream.
'Tis The Star-Spangled Banner O long may it wave,
O'er The Land of The Free & The Home of The Brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war & the battle's confusion
A Home & A Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul
Francis Key Scott, American Patriot, Lawyer,
Christian Family Man & Amateur Poet
Inspiration for... "God, Health & Country!" Page23