The Star Spangled Banner

03 Jul

file2421278870518We’ve sung it since we were children. We’ve heard it at baseball games. It’s our nation’s anthem, and it’s worth another look.

Have you considered what this poem meant to the one who penned it? Consider what drove Francis Scott Key to write the poem that has served our country for 84 years. Meditate on these lyrics. We’ve become desensitized to the power in these words. Notice there are four stanzas.

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 thru 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.
Oh, 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 in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory 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!

I wish more deference were given to the fourth verse.

If you’d like more information about this inspired poem, enjoy the following summary from

~ Jericha Kingston


Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Jericha Kingston, patriotic


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5 responses to “The Star Spangled Banner

  1. Robin Patchen

    July 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

    It is easy to sing the word and not really hear them. Thanks for this reminder.


  2. Candice Sue Patterson

    July 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    What beautiful words. I agree with you about the last verse.


  3. Pegg Thomas

    July 3, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I never hear this sung without getting goosebumps. The words are beautiful and the tune is haunting and majestic at the same time. Thanks for posting all the stanzas.


  4. Kara (@KaraHunt2015)

    July 3, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Absolutely perfect for this upcoming weekend and every day we stand on the ground of this God blessed nation. Thanks for sharing, Jericha!


  5. Catherine Castle

    July 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    €ŽYou don’t hear the other verses often. Thanks for sharing.



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