Monday, February 21, 2011

The Star Spangled Banner Missing Verse

My friend George shared this with me via email. Here is the stanza that I was missing in my post about the Star spangled banner. As I read through it, it occurred to me that it doesn't fit the music, so that is probably why we don't sing that stanza. But it was in the original poem.

Also, he included this bit of information:
"Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814. it was written as a poem describing his experiences at Fort McHenry, but his brother in law thought it was so great that he had it published, and the music suggested for it was Anacreon in Heaven.
March 3rd, 1931 that it was officially designated as the National Anthem by an act of Congress.

"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!"

1 comment:

Nene said...

Actually, if you sing it right, it does fit. :0) Play around with it.