Musings On The Banner That Yet Waves
ing across the sky toward the
Morning came and he ex- pected to see the Union Jack there was the 30-by-42-foot star was 2 feet across with
A treaty ending the war with no concessions by ei
stanza that Key wrote:
O 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 per
O’er t he r amparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Here is Francis Scott Key’s first draft of what would become our national anthem.
Francis Scott Key’s statue in Baltimore, Maryland