What are the lyrics to ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’?

Composed in 1897 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' was adopted as the national march of the United States of America the following year. Here are its lyrics

What are the lyrics to 'The Stars and Stripes Forever'?

‘Who wrote and composed ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’?

The Stars and Stripes Forever’ is an American patriotic march, which was composed and written by  written and composed by John Philip Sousa in 1896 after he learn’t of the death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band.

It was first performed on May 14, 1897, and was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America later on in the same year.

What are the lyrics to ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’?

First strain
Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.

Second strain
???? Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation. ????

Trio
Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let tyrants remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Grandioso
Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let tyrants remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Image credit: John Philip Sousa, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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