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smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 7:44 PM

DON'T GOOGLE AND ANSWER WITHIN FIVE SECONDS

Where is this from? (if you know just type the last letter of the author's name (a,b, etc)

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 7:54 PM

P

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 8:03 PM

I guessed but did not know.
Who'd a thought Obama was such a fine poet?

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 8:18 PM

Wow, the Star Spangled Banner, I thought it was Edgar Allen Poe! It was a guess, how Goth is that.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 9:35 PM

Gee. You got it right and typed it right in there in the third answer.

Thanks for playing the game, bobo....

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 9:52 PM

I remember this from one of those brainteasers where you have to figure out what's going on. It was something along the lines of "Two people are talking. The first says, 'The terror of flight.' The second says, 'The gloom of the grave.' The first person then arrests the second person."

The solution was that this took place during WWII, and the arrestee was a German spy. He was associating words to "prove" he was American, not realizing that no "real American" knows the third (or is it fourth?) verse of TSSB.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Tue, 27th Oct '09 6:15 AM

Crap, I don't know the third or the fourth stanza either...

I think they asked World Series questions also, but I imagine those answers were more easily answered by the enemy.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 27th Oct '09 8:53 AM

The Andrews Sisters were in a musical in the 1970's, 'Over Here', that used that concept as a plot device, stating that no true American knows the 2nd or 3rd verse. Then another character sweetly sings the fourth verse (which she had to memorize for some patriotic event as a child) - it's heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and has since become my favorite verse.

It's always bothered me that we only sing the first verse, as those lyrics basically say, "Can you still the flag? Can you, can you? Huh? It was flying last night, is it still there???" And that's it.

The 2nd and fourth verses are the ones that triumphantly claim "YES, IT'S STILL THERE! AMERICA PREVAILS!"

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 27th Oct '09 11:05 AM

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 thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band 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.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power 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 the land of the free and the home of the brave!


bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 28th Oct '09 1:17 AM

Sorry to be a party pooper it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 28th Oct '09 11:20 AM

Apropos of nothing, a question for you word origin experts -- is "twit" short for "nitwit" ?

I don't know why that just occurred to me...

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 28th Oct '09 11:39 AM

I don't remember any of this from Hogan's Heroes.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 28th Oct '09 1:53 PM

I used this much for a question last night, asking for the poet:

And where is that band 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.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave

Nobody got it out of six teams, but the AWWWWWs when I read the next two lines for the answer and the arm punches that were thrown around the room said that a few tried and got voted down in favor of Frost (2), Yeats, Whitman, Sandburg and Lazarus.

Thanks for the question, Smaug.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 29th Oct '09 9:48 AM

I couldn't have read it out loud without giving away the rhythm...good for you Smoke for disguising it!

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.4 - Posts: 1390)
Thu, 29th Oct '09 10:25 AM

Y


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