Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independance Day ~ Happy 4th of July!

~~~Our National Anthem~~~

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!

Have a blessed Independence Day!
Kathy

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;
and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psalm 33:12

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Happy 4th to you!

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  2. Thanks, Marlene ~ and to you, too!

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  3. Wow it has been a long time since I saw that ACEO, I think you did it for ACEO bounty, or maybe posted a print one time. It is beautiful artwork!

    Here is a beautiful rendition of your national anthem!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKCVS57j284

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  4. I hope you had a great 4th Kathy!

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  5. Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July! :)

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  6. Amen! Great song and great verse for a great nation!

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  7. Thanks everyone! Hope you had a great 4th, too =)

    Yes, Pam - that was for an old Bounty Challenge a loooonnnggg time ago ;-)

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  8. Hope you had a great 4th! Great post, Kathy!

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  9. Thanks, Lee and Carole! Hope you had a splendid day, too!

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