Nursery Rhymes

Oh Say Can You See

Oh Say Can You See Lyrics and Music

The edifying words and lyrics of the treasured hymn begin with "Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Oh Say Can You See" hymn were written by its American author Francis Scott Key. The author of the hymn, Francis Scott Key, was born on August 1, 1779 and died on January 11, 1843. The name of the composer of the soaring music that accompanies the "Oh Say Can You See" song of praise has unfortunately been lost over time. We have placed "Oh Say Can You See" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the edifying lyrics of this popular Christian song and notable church hymn.

Oh Say Can You See Hymn
Title: Oh Say Can You See *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Francis Scott Key *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying words of the "Oh Say Can You See" lyrics, Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779-January 11, 1843), was born in Carroll County, Maryland, United States and achieved fame as a Protestant Episcopal poet and the author of 'The Star Spangled Banner', the American national anthem. The words reflect the feelings of Francis Scott Key on the 1814 siege of Fort McHenry.

Oh Say Can You See Lyrics

Oh, 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 thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
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!

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Oh Say Can You See
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 to January 11, 1843)
Nationality of Author: American
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming"
First Publication Date: 1814

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