Parole di FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (1779-1843);
compositore ignoto; adottato nel 1931
say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
proof through the night that our flag was still there.
say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
the land of the free and the home of the brave?
the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
the Star-Spangled Banner! O long may it wave
the land of the free and the home of the brave.
their loved homes and the war's desolation!
with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
this be our motto: "In God is our trust".
the Star-Spangled Banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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