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Complete the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner," written as "Defence of Fort McHenry" by Francis Scott Key in 1814.




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O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last ,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly ?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet ,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the ?

On the shore dimly seen through the of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence ,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering ,
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 :
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so swore
That the 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' .
No refuge could save the and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and , may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and us a nation!
Then we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our : "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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