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07/03/21 Weekend Grif.Net – Happy Birthday, America

07/03/21 Weekend Grif.Net – Happy Birthday, America

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, 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, now conceals, now =
discloses?

Now it catches =
the gleam of the morning’s first beam, in full glory reflected now =
shines on 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 wiped out their foul =
footstep’s 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 homes and the war’s =
desolation.

Blest with =
victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land praise the Power that =
hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer =
we must, for our cause it is just, and this be our motto: "In God =
is our trust."

And the =
star-spangled banner forever shall wave o’er the land of the free and =
the home of the brave!

 

(The Defense =
of Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key)

 

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Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"