The Star-Spangled Banner

Rechte Hand aufs Herz und singen!

Der Text wurde 1814 von Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) während der britischen Bombardierung von Fort McHenry in Baltimore zu der Melodie eines populären englischen Trinkliedes (Anacreon in Heaven) geschrieben. Die Fahne, die Key zu dem Gedicht inspiriert hat, ist erhalten und wird in der Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. aufbewahrt. Das Lied wurde während des Spanisch-Amerikanischen Krieges (1898) zur inoffiziellen Nationalhymne, seit Präsident Wilsons Anweisung von 1916 bei militärischen Anlässen gespielt und am 3. März 1931 durch ein Gesetz des Kongresses zur US-Nationalhymne bestimmt. Da die Hymne schwer zu singen ist, wird häufig Irving Berlins "God Bless America" als Alternative vorgeschlagen.


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,
Were 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 fully 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 fool 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 bannerin 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 case 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!

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