Additional verse for “The Star-Spangled Banner”

1861—Era & Topic: US Civil War

This is the most frequently reprinted additional verse to Key’s lyric; it enthusiastically predicts the end of slavery as a result of the U.S. Civil War

When our land is illumined by Liberty’s smile,
        If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor who dares to defile
        The flag of her stars and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained when our birthright was gained,
        We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
        While the land of the free is the home of the brave!

Additional verse for "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Author Lyricist

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Era and Topic


Tune Identified

The Star-Spangled Banner



Book Pages


Songbook Number

Track 28 (CD#2)