Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Craft-a-Poem

The monthly Craft-a-Poem contest is now a seasonal event. So my first offering for the Summer season is the Patriot Star 8" block that I designed especially for Independence Day. It is worked up in the Unique Sheep Verve in Red, White and Blue with a size C / 2.75 mm hook. 


PATRIOT STAR - 8" SQUARE

And here is the poem that goes with the square:


The Star Spangled Banner by: Francis Scott Key 1814

O 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 through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming!
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb’s 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!
On that 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, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the beam, of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on 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!
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!
O, thus be it ever where 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!

We're all familiar with the first stanza, but how much do we know of the rest of the poem? Not much I presume. At least I didn't. But isn't it a beautiful poem? And how appropriate for this month.
Thanks to Sara form Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting the Craft-a-Poem event. It has been so much fun and I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have so far. I look forward to bringing you more of my creations as well as poetry.

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