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Date Posted: 07:38:44 05/08/06 Mon
Author: Jean
Subject: another interesting point.....
In reply to: Jean 's message, "Sorry I just Cant agree" on 17:17:00 05/07/06 Sun


"This is not the first time the national anthem has been translated. The Library of Congress offers another Spanish version, "La Bandera de las Estrellas," translated in 1919 for the U.S. Bureau of Education, as well as several German songsheets of uncertain age celebrating "das Banner mit Sternen."

The anthem's tune, too, is of foreign origin. Its first published form, created not long after Francis Scott Key wrote the poem in 1814, included instructions that it be sung to the tune of a then-popular song, "To Anacreon in Heaven." That song was written in the mid-1760s by a London society of amateur musicians seeking a complex melody to show off their baritone's skills. It is a bawdy celebration of song and drinking named for Anacreon, a Greek poet."

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