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The Final Stanza of the National Anthem

By Bo Perrin


We have all heard or sang the Star-Spangled Banner, right?  Of course you have. This is the  song used to open up the festivities at every football, baseball and hockey game.  But, I ask, have you heard the Star Spangle Banner?  Here is the portion of the song we usually call the Star Spangled Banner.

“Oh, 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, thro’ 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 thro’ 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 thro’ 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 on the stream:
‘T is the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

This is the portion of the song we so often hear and has popularly come to be called the Star Spangle Banner.  But have you heard the rest of the song.  The National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services created a website for children to explore our documentary history.  On it the department  provides a transcription of the rest of the song’s lyrics.

“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 wash’d 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.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d 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!”

The final stanza is very interesting.  Francis Scott Key, the author of this song, attributed the nation’s salvation during the War of 1812, if I may use that word, to heaven and the Pow’r which preserv’d our nation.  Who is this Pow’r? God!  Key proposes in 1814 A.D. that the nation’s motto ought to be “In God we trust.” Eventually, on March 3, 1931 this song was formally designated as our nation’s national anthem including the final stanza. Our National Anthem declares that our nation’s trust is not in man, Ruler’s law nor even our military might but in the providencial care of the God of heaven!

So, the question is, Why do we rarely if ever hear the final stanza of this song sung? Why does this stanza seem to have been lost to the general public? Maybe, the term lost is not the right term.  Maybe the right term is repressed.

So, why?  Is this because we have lost a part of our unique national history? Is this due to the every present, ignorantly powered, politically motivated PC movement? Is it due to godless liberals, Progressives, who work endlessly day and night to remove any trace of the Judeo-Christian values upon which this nation was founded? No matter! It is time to restore the anthem to its original form!  What say you?

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