Happy Holiday America!

by Abaddon 1 Replies latest jw friends

  • Abaddon

    Okay, so it's not the 4th, but you guys have a day off... at least you guys do get a day off in the week if a Holiday falls on a weekend. Here in Holland, they've cancelled Christmas... you get home from work on Friday, and go to work on Monday, just like normal...

    All together now...

    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, 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 wiped out their foul footstep's 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 homes and the war's desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-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!

    ... I still think it sounds like a Kingdom Melody...

  • ohiocowboy

    Thanks for the warm wishes for us Americans!!!

    Wow!!! I never realized that the Star Spangled Banana had so many lines! That is a lot to memorize. I think a lot of us are only familiar with the first verse.

    When I was a kid, and heard the words "Dawns Early Light", I did not realize that that is what it said. I thought that it was "By the Donserly Light", and I would wonder what the heck a Donserly light was, thought maybe it was an antique kind of lamp....so young, and so naive......

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