Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the words to the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
- 'Tis the star-spangled banner; oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" (1814).
- 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.
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" (1814). Compare line 1 to "It made and preserves us a nation", George P. Morris, The Flag of our Union.
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