Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standThis rendition has gotten more than 10 million YouTube views over the past three years:
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!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
God and the Star-Spangled Banner
Our textbook discusses the role of religion in American civic culture. On page 142 of the second edition, for instance, we note the fourth verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem: