Saturday, July 04, 2009

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

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!

Have a wonderful 4th of July and be safe!

Chester ;0=)


Holly said...

Chester, my being from Baltimore, the home of Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key penned those words to our national anthem, well you were wonderful for sharing them with us today.

Happy and Safe 4th to you Big Brownie.

With our love and all affection.

Andrea said...

Hope you and your family have an awesome 4th of July.
Andrea and Sitka

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy FoURth!

Mom will wave as she drives by on her Harrisburg/Hagerstown/Harrisburg XterraXpress!


Maggie and Mitch said...

We're wearing our colors too, Chester!
Have a happy 4th!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Jan said...

Timeless Lyrics and Great Post, Chester! And I love your patriotic bandana. I'd like to get one of those for Harley!

Happy Fourth of July to you and your family! Have an enjoyable and safe weekend.

Martha Basset said...

Happy 4th of July Chester - we now have our mum singing the song!
Loved your flags outside you house and also your bandana.
Enjoy your celebrations.
Martha & Bailey xxx

Tabatha said...

Happy Fourth Chester! Mom said she has a special bandana for me today!! Thank you for your words of freedom today!!!


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