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I should like to rise and go
And, watched by cockatoos and goats,
And the rich goods from near and far
Hang for sale in the bazaar;
Where the Great Wall round China goes,
And on one side the desert blows,
Cities on the other hum;
Where are forests, hot as fire,
Lying close and giving ear
Light a fire in the gloom
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON. [From "Poems and Ballads." Copyright, 1896, by Charles Scribner's Sons.]
THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER.
[This lyric, perhaps the noblest among American national songs, was written on the night of the bombardment of Fort Henry, near Baltimore, in the year 1814. The author was at the time a prisoner on board a British vessel.]
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 clouds of the fight,
On 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 the 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
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering
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 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
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.