Tuesday, July 04, 2006

To Anacreon in Heaven:

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 perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O 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 on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, 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.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r 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 forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Happy 4th, y'all. Next update tomorrow.

4 Comments:

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous tami said...

well, you know i wish you were here in the UNITED STATES to celebrate this holiday. probably not a lot of fireworks in japan.

isnt time for you to come home yet?
its been about 2 months now, or does it just seem that long?

anyway, hope you are having a good time and learning a lot but please dont stay any longer than you have too

love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Hadley! said...

Hey!

Page 2 of the 2006 T-Shirt for Dinner Contest.

:-D

Now we can match.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger Leslie Lemmons said...

Happy 4th Brice God Bless!

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Leslie said...

Don't worry Mrs. Russ he'll come back, anyway hope your doing ok :)
Leslie

 

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