Most Americans know the first verse of the American National Anthem by Francis Scott Key, but how many know the 4th verse?
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven-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!
NOTE: The graphic above is from a new book entitled America’s Lost Dream by Tom Dooley, illustrated by Bill Looney. I highly recommend this book for reading with your children.