Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom's Question Answered

When Francis Scott Key wrote his poem during the battle for Fort McHenry in 1814, during the War of 1812 (the first fought under our Constitution), he could not have dreamed of the role it would play in this nation.

Yes, many sing the first stanza, yet too few realize that it asks a question.  The next three stanzas answer that question.  Here's the final answer:

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!

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