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Happy 4th of July – The Star Spangled Banner

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The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

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 home 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!

Graphics from: picgifs.com

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

15 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July – The Star Spangled Banner

  1. Where is liberty when World citycens condemn america and imperial goverment of USA for invaders and terrorism in Siria, Libia, Afganistam, Irak, Granada, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, Oregon indian lands….?
    World citycens condemn America for existing.

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    • Where is the gratitude for all the battles US soldiers fought on foreign soil to help free the oppressed and as in WW II the victims of a madman? Where is the gratitude for all the times Americans show up on foreign soil to help during natural disasters and are usually the first there? Where is the gratitude for all the US dollars poured into foreign countries for humanitarian relief? Where is the help from foreign countries when the US suffers natural disasters?

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  2. Where is the independence when World citycens condemn america and imperial goverment of USA for invaders and terrorism in Siria, Libia, Afganistam, Irak, Granada, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, Oregon indian lands….
    World citycens condemn America for existing.
    Where is the liberty of the invaded countries, bodies of the men, women and childs they killed…
    Nasty shit, Empire soldiers, dogs of an imperial interest, they killed and died for nothing, now they are nothing…

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    • Where is the gratitude for all the battles US soldiers fought on foreign soil to help free the oppressed and as in WW II the victims of a madman? Where is the gratitude for all the times Americans show up on foreign soil to help during natural disasters and are usually the first there? Where is the gratitude for all the US dollars poured into foreign countries for humanitarian relief? Where is the help from foreign countries when the US suffers natural disasters?

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  3. God dame America, it weapons and it allies and terrorists!. Franciscan monks-beheaded-in-syria. They were of the Franciscan convent of Ghassanieh, Syria, the three men beheaded by the Front to Nusra Front, after a summary trial in which they were accused of “being in the pay of the regime.” This was revealed by Radio France International, which broadcasts the video of the group of jihadists who shows the execution. The story, however, had begun a few days ago when Father Pizzaballa, custodian of the Holy Land, bringing the words of its regional minister of Syria, father Halim Noujaim, had claimed the presence of a group of rebels who, by force, had entered the convent of Ghassanieh. The religious building was looted and destroyed appeared in the press and also the name of his father Francois, a hermit who had sought refuge in a Catholic convent community and who was killed during the attack of the rebels. Now would seem rather different news reported today by the French radio that has spread the news of the kidnapping by the jihadists of three religious, including father Francois (Francis Mourad), which was made a summary trial, after that of an agenda of one of the monks had been found the phone number of a soldier, and then perform the execution. The religious were also accused of having favored the trafficking of arms and ammunition on behalf of the regime.

    Are they celebrating it?

    Where is liberty when World citycens condemn america and imperial goverment of USA for invaders and terrorism in Siria, Libia, Afganistam, Irak, Granada, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, Oregon indian lands….
    World citycens condemn America for existing.
    Where is the liberty of the invaded countries, bodies of the men, women and childs they killed…
    Nasty shit, soldiers, dogs of an imperial interest, they killed and died for nothing, now they are nothing…

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  4. Hope you had a wonderful day. 🙂

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