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132 Songs That Every Child Should Know
The star-spangled banner bring hither,
O'er Columbia's true sons let it wave; May the wreaths they have won never wither,
Nor its stars cease to shine on the brave. May the service united ne'er sever, But hold to their colors so true; The army and navy forever,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Three cheers for the red, white and blue! The army and navy forever, Three cheers for the red, white and blue!
Fitz-Gerald announces in his "Stories of Famous Songs" that these words were written for an actor named Fox in 1798, the music being written in 1788 and called the " President's March." He says that the music was written for the occasion of the visit of President George Washington to the John Street Theatre in New York. This makes pretty reading, but as a matter of fact there was no president of the United States in 1788. We had no president till a year later. Between the adjournment of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and Washington's inauguration on April 30, 1789, Washington was at no time north of the Potomac. This " President's March" was most likely composed a year later than Fitz-Gerald places it, — and for Washington's inauguration.