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The revelations of The Swimp Mon Chronicles will return next week.

But for this week, as we celebrate the anniversary of our Republic, read again the complete, original text of what was first written to the tune of an old English Tavern song that became the National Anthem of a nation that remains the strongest and freest ever created by mankind.

Happy 4th of July!

Lee Walton

The Defense of Fort McHenry

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’re the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof to the night that our flag was still there.
Oh! Say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’re the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mist of the deep where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, what is that which the breeze, o’re 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 on the stream ‘tis the star-spangled banner. Qh! Long may it wave o’re the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that hand that 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 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’re 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 is just, and this be our motto – “In God is out trust.” And the star-
Spangled banner in triumph doth wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Francis Scott Key
September 13, 1814

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