Francis Scott Key

(1 August 1779 – 11 January 1843 / Carroll County, Maryland)

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  • Rookie Simone Carvalho (5/31/2006 11:21:00 AM)

    I had never noticed how actually interesting - and beautiful - this poem was until I read it like this - as a normal poem, without the tune US national anthem. (Not that I dislike the tune) If you never really noticed this poem before (even if you sang or heard it a thousand times) try to forget the tune and rythm and read it to your self as close to prose as possible, you might have a pleasant surprise - as I did.

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Song

WHEN the warrior returns, from the battle afar,
To the home and the country he nobly defended,
O! warm be the welcome to gladden his ear,
And loud be the joy that his perils are ended:
In the full tide of song let his fame roll along,
To the feast-flowing board let us gratefully throng,
Where, mixed with the olive, the laurel shall wave,
And form a bright wreath for the brows of the brave.

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