THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, PREPARED FOR THE OCCASION

BY COL. B. C. BUTLER. 

Read by William L. Stone. In th MEMOIR OF THE
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION HELD AT SCHUTLEKTIILE, N. Y., UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGA MONUMENT ASSOCIATION,
On the 17th of October, 1877.


 O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light. 

  On Saratoga’s broad plains what so proudly is streaming, 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight. 

  O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming. 

For our fathers this day, to this field made their way 

To glory, in the conquest of the foes prond array.. 

And the- star spangled banner in triumph shall wave, 

O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. 
In its field stood the plow, the axe ceased in the wood, 

  From his log cabin gladly, the wild hunter sallied. 

From city and glen, they came like a flood 

  To the ranks where the brave and the valiant were rallied. 

O let Stillwater’s Heights, and Saratoga’s dread fight 

Tell how nobly our sires, fought and bled for the right, 

While the star spangled banner in triumph doth wave. 

O’er the land of the free, and the hoine of the brave. 
This day, when our sires trod on scepter and chain, 

  And the foes of proud Britain were scattered before us, 

Then went up to heaven with loudest acclaim 

  From the hearts of true freemen, that victory is o’er us. 

‘Twas Huzzah ! Huzzah ! from the lake to the shore,
Our cause it has triumphed, we are subjects no more — 

The star spangled banner in triumph doth wave,

O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
O, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand 

  Between their loved home and the foes’ desolation,

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-blest laud, 

  Praise the power that hath blest, and preserved it a nation.

Then conquer we must, for 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.

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