Personally, I think, “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 through the perilous fight,/ O’er the ramparts we watched, 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;” lament an event.
Like the remaining verses, the tone hankers between nature, determination and the nature of glory after strife and endurance. Wishful thinking or any form of theological virtue is dampened but not uncredited.
So, the undercurrent in the American national anthem is definitely not of longing and not of hope. Mimicking Acadia through language and description certainly help define brawling parties. “When freemen shall stand/ between their loved homes and the war’s desolation” not only hinted at time – there, then and in the future, it also hinted at the value of a timeless endowment – peace, liberation and abundance.
And these, all before a notification to the deity.
Well, why beg for a miraculous transformation, when defining moments for Saturn was achieved through strife and determination?
This is like other countries, whose anthems start as deliberate affront to God. American national anthem have not been set up as an affront to a deity’s promise. No. And this is what make America different from other countries.
What do you think?