Nationalhymne der USA

Die offizielle Nationalhymne der USA ist seit 1931 „The Star-Spangled Banner“. Die Melodie stammt vom englischen Lied „To Anacreon in Haven“ von John Stafford Smith aus dem Jahr 1916. Im Jahr 1916 erklärte Präsident Wilson das Lied “The Star-Spangled Banner” zur Nationalhymne, was am 03.03.1931 offiziell vom Kongreß bestätigt wurde.

Die Nationalhymne der USA

Auf offiziellen Anlässen wird üblicherweise nur die erste Strophe gesungen. Die dritte und vierte Strophe gehören offiziell nicht zur Nationalhymne, da sie – aufgrund ihrer Entstehungsgeschichte – anti-britische „Töne“ aufweisen.

Flag of the United States
Nationalflagge der USA

Strophe 1

O say, can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d
At the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d,
Were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets‘ red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?

Strophe 2

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,
O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.

Melodie der Nationalhymne der USA

Strophe 3

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.

Strophe 4

O! thus be it ever,
when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home
and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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 We Trust|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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