Over the Fourth of July a lot of people posted recordings of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Facebook, but none so far contain the entire song. How many people even know there are at least four stanzas to that hymn? The second describes the scene on shore the morning after the barrage against Fort Henry. The third tells of the defeat of the enemy (Great Britain during the War of 1812). And the fourth I consider the most important:
Oh! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation
Blessed with victory and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Pow'r 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 of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
That Power that made us a nation was not intelligence or weapons. I'm sure every person who fought the War of Independence realized that it was God. And only he can preserve us a nation.