Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave…

The Star Spangled Banner

~ Francis Scott Key, 1814.

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!

I don’t think I’ve ever read the 3 other stanzas to the The Star Spangled Banner.

Protect us Lord and keep us free. Guard my heart and mind in you and let me trust and rest in you alone.

5 thoughts on “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave…

  1. Those are strong words that echo faith – our prayer is that your land would remain true to it’s founding principles. Isn’t it interesting how both your country and ours were founded on a faith that brought order, compassion and stability. How sad it is that few seem to acknowledge that any more.

  2. Thanks for sharing those verses…didn’t know about them. I’m feeling so strongly that believers have been putting too much hope in seeing the laws of this land changed…that all legislation must be changed to meet God’s way. I don’t think we should stop the fight but for me I realized that I needed a change in my mind set.

    I need to spend more time helping the women with unwanted pregnancy instead of hoping laws can be changed to make it illegal, feeding the poor, helping the orphans and widows. We have seen for years that something being illegal does not stop it. But to love others well, setting our minds on Him, not the earthly things….we’ll see more lives changed than legislation will touch.

    Kay Arthur suggested reading Habukkuk today. There is a verse in there….2:4 the righteous will live by his faith. Listening to so many believers the last few months I sensed a shift to hoping the world will change, with the election of different leadership. Maybe God will allow that someday but for now…our hope must be firmly set on Him, not the world that does not know any better. I don’t know if this makes sense. Praying for changes in laws and legislating morality can not be abandoned but more of my focus needs to be on abiding well and loving well…meeting needs so the government is not needed. Even if just one person right now…that is so powerful.

    It is definitely one of those issues of life that we need God to process our human thoughts and find out what He thinks….and then KNOW what we are to do.

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