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Mar182017

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Hazem Fahmy


 

O! 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 through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts
we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And
the rockets' red glare, the bombs 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 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, O! 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.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's
desolation.
Blest with vict'ry 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!