Languages[ edit ] A national anthem is most often in the national or most common language of the country, whether de facto or officialthere are notable exceptions. Most commonly, states with more than one national language may offer several versions of their anthem, for instance: The song itself was originally written in French. It was created by combining two different songs together and then modifying the lyrics and adding new ones.
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: 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 fully glory reflected now shines in the stream: 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: And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.A proclamation issued by the then State President, Nelson Mandela, on 20 April in terms of the provisions of Section (1) together with Section 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, (Act of ), stated that the Republic of South Africa would have two national anthems.
Watch video · Members of the public sing the national anthem during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday in June Credit: Getty Images .
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A national anthem (also state anthem, national hymn, national song, etc.) is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.
The majority of national anthems . the National Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner. 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, thro' the perilous fight' O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming. The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States.
The lyrics come from the Defence of Fort M'Henry,  a poem written on September 14, , by the then year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of