Home of the Brave

Our final patriotic hymn lyric of this special week is, of course, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  It’s too bad that we don’t often get to hear the other verses:

The Star-Spangled Banner

Lyrics — Francis Scott Key

  1.  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 star­spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


  1.  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 star­spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


  1.  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 star­spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


  1.  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 star­spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

My Country

Here is the next Patriotic hymn — My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.  We sing it so easily, but not usually all four verses, which are so beautiful:

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Lyrics — Samuel Francis Smith

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

Beautiful America

It seems appropriate to share patriotic hymn lyrics this week.  Today is a very common hymn, but do you know the words to all four verses?  Here they are:

American the Beautiful

Lyrics: Katherine Lee Bates

  1. O beautiful for spacious skies,

for amber waves of grain;

for purple mountain majesties

above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

and crown thy good with brotherhood

from sea to shining sea.

  1. O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern, impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.

  1. O beautiful for heroes proved

in liberating strife,

who more than self their country loved,

and mercy more than life!

America! America! May God thy gold refine,

till all success be nobleness,

and every gain divine.

  1. O beautiful for patriot dream

that sees beyond the years

thine alabaster cities gleam,

undimmed by human tears!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw,

confirm thy soul in self-control,

thy liberty in law.

Ridiculous in Australia

Here is another video from Compassion Australia — a rather witty but thoughtful video.  These four young men have made priorities in their lives that are making a huge difference for others.  If you are moved by their message, here are photos of children in need of sponsors.

Education Changes Lives

Here is another video from Compassion Australia —  please read the words carefully and think about what a huge difference education makes for children.  Sponsorship can completely change the life of a child in poverty.  Click here to see photos of children in need of sponsors.