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The Star Spangled Banner

     After witnessing the unsuccessful British attack against Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote four verses of The Star Spangled Banner which in 1931 was made the national anthem by Act of Congress.

     Debbie Erdei of Omaha has professionally recorded verses one and four for Bellevue University's use. Verse four has been played at baseball and basketball games. Most fans were surprised and shocked. Copies are available for a nominal fee.

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 & bright stars through
the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so 
gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb
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 

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 mornings
first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the
“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
footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling & slave 
of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth
O’er the land of the free & the home of 
the brave.

O thus be it ever when freeman shall stand 
Between their lov’d home & the war’s 
Blest with vict’ry & peace may the heav’n 
rescued land
Praise the power that hath made & 
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 & the home of 
the brave.

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