What so proudly we hail

Gotham Schools features Collett Powell, a Bronx School of Law and Finance graduate, singing the Star Spangled Banner at graduation exercises June 23. Powell earned a Regents diploma and an award for excellence in music.

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  1. palisadesk says:

    Ah, memories — for some reason, that made me think of third grade at Horace Mann in Washington, D.C. The kid next to me and I reveled in singing the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner, because it was so gory. IIRC, it went,

    And where are the foes 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!
    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 loved that line about the blood and the foul footsteps. Yikes.

    We sang this every day. I don’t think we were ever caught out. I wonder if they still print all the verses on the back of those black cardboard notebooks (that’s where we got it from).