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Thread #31521   Message #481195
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Jun-01 - 08:03 PM
Thread Name: American National Anthem
Subject: ADD Verse: Star Spangled Banner^^
Copied from a message posted by Cranky Yankee in the FAQ.
-Joe Offer-
The Star Spangled Banner, for one, is in the digitrad. However, it does not contain the third verse(not uncommon in the U.S.) The third verse ties everything together providing the continuity that this great piece of literature otherwise lacks. Here it is.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER (also, "The defence of Ft. McHenry)
words by Francis Scott Key..Melody by John Stafford Smith

Now where is the foe who so vauntingly swore,
Midst the havoc of War and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country they'd leave us no more.
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling or slave,
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.
And, The Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Furthermore, the last , or fourth, verse does not end with a repeat of the last two lines of the third verse. It ends thusly:

And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
WHILE the land of the free IS the home of the Brave.

Source: The Scottish Students' Song Book
Published for the Song Book Committee: of the Students'Representative councils of Scotland. by Bayley & Ferguson: 14:Paternoster: Row: London. C 1891. (that's the way it was punctuated)

Jody Gibson^^