Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

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The Star Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key

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 that 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, now conceals, now 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; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where are the foes 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 freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war 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, for 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!




Our Independence Day
by Roger J. Robicheau

With our first fourth on that seventh month began
A declaration of how we would forge our life
In signature, John Hancock did lead by action
The beginning of a nation which has firmly stood

As we stop to embrace our Independence Day
We should reflect back from this sixth millennium year
Looking to the many trials we have faced as a country
Most vividly, to that infamous September morn

We have never, and never will succumb to threat
Our rigid foundation is of, by, and for the people
We heed the message of President John F. Kennedy
It is what we do for our country that stands us tall

As good citizens we put our trust in God, and each other
Under one flag we stand, united for all the world to see
Our Stars and Stripes form the Old Glory we so revere
And how gallant are those who march with our colors

As Americans, we hold freedom as a certainty
Our bravest have given their all to this end
If not for their willingness, we would not be
The cost of liberty demands this commitment

So many have endured the precious loss of loved ones
We must stay aware of the tragedy they live with
For they, more than any, feel the total cost of sacrifice
Praise their fallen heroes, they left freedom for us

My Dear Americans, as we take time to celebrate
This independence held so deep in our hearts
I hope that the following thoughts of America
Bring forth emotion, for the USA that we love

We shall always be ‘the land of the free'
We shall always be ‘the home of the brave’
We shall always hear ‘God Bless America’
We shall always love ‘Mom and Apple Pie’

©2003,2006Roger J. Robicheau

3 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Happy 4th to you!

Recently I heard on the radio a dramatic reading of the events leading to the writing of the Star-spangled Banner. Even though I knew most of the story, it was thrilling.

I had never heard the second poem here -- very nice!

Norma said...

Happy Fourth! When we were wandering around Orvieto, Italy looking for a library, I heard some one whistling the Star Spangled Banner. Not easy to sing--even harder to whistle! Never did find the library, however.

PEA said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your family, dear Janeen! I do hope you're having a wonderful day:-)

I'm so sorry for being so behind in visiting. After being away for a few days, it's taking me forever to get all caught up again!

I'll now go read your previous posts about your trip:-) xoxo