Those are more verses?
The Star Spangled Banner LyricsBy Francis Scott Key 1814
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early lightWhat 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 waveO’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 waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly sworeThat 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 slaveFrom the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved home and the war’s desolation!Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued landPraise 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 waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I first learned of the extra verses in the hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the fourth verse is the third verse in there). https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/the-star-spangled-banner?lang=eng
according to my sources, it even had an additional verse during the civil war:
When our land is illumined with Liberty’s smile,If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,Down, down with the traitor that dares to defileThe flag of her stars and the page of her story!By the millions unchained who our birthright have gained,We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall waveWhile the land of the free is the home of the brave.
Thanks a lot, DM2860
Key was an ad-man an wrote it a a jingle for Rumplemeyer’s Horseshoes:
Are the best you can use
What so proudly he nailed
Onto all kinds of horses
Whose broad backs and bright eyes
As they smile in their stalls
Give proof through the night
That they wear Rumplemeyer’s
Ask the horse who owns one
He’ll say, "Son of a gun
Are, by me, number one"
That’s Rumplemeyer’s Horseshoes
Twenty-seven Chestnut Street
Ask for Harry or Dave
Interesting fact: Most countries’ national anthems are about their country (for example O Canada), while the United States’ national anthem is one of a handful (5) that is about the flag. Sure, it talks about the land of the free and the brave, but it’s mostly about a flag surviving a battle. Other popular subjects of national anthems are about battles or people (like God Save the Queen).
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