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"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Era and Topic
The Star-Spangled Banner
Track 28 (CD#2)