From The Hymnal ~ The National Hymn?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

As we're getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, I thought it fitting to share what is our National Hymn..then I found out it is God of our Fathers -- a hymn I love but decided to go with my original thought, The Star Spangled Banner. Please pay close attention to the words .... especially those in the fourth verse.....IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!! AMEN!!!

The Star Spangled Banner

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 thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, 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, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 washed out their foul footsteps' 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 home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "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!

Reminder: If you want to listen to the video, go to the bottom of the page and turn the blog music off. Enjoy!!


  1. Ruby Jean said...:

    Wow!! to be blessed with the gift of singing is such an honor... especially when used to glorify the Lord....

    Have a very Blessed Independence Day!!!

  1. Wonderful song ;) :)

    Have a Happy 4th of July weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Patty Sumner said...:

    Thanks for sharing the whole hymn....I have not really stopped to read all of the Star Spangled Banner..... really makes me stop and think about being an American and what that stands for....Blessings and Happy 4th!

  1. Hi Gail, thank you so much for sharing the words to the entire star spangled banner! They are truly beautiful! We are One Nation, Under God! Enjoy this glorious weekend! Linda

  1. Cathy said...:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful video, Gail. It's a moving reminder of the price of freedom and the courage that defending it requires. I hope you and your family have a very happy and safe 4th of July.

  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    I can never listen to the Star Spangled Banner without getting tears in my eyes! Have a happy 4th!!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    I love the Star Spangled Banner!

  1. Gert said...:

    Thank you for sharing this and reminding us to stop and read it and understand it's true meaning!

    Happy Fourth of July!!!

    xoxo Gert

  1. Annesphamily said...:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. Anne

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