Key was inspired by the large U. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society , a men's social club in London. With a range of 19 semitones, it is known for being very difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas , only the first is commonly sung today. Before , other songs served as the hymns of U. Their objective was to secure an exchange of prisoners, one of whom was William Beanes , the elderly and popular town physician of Upper Marlboro and a friend of Key's who had been captured in his home. Beanes was accused of aiding the arrest of British soldiers. At first, Ross and Cochrane refused to release Beanes but relented after Key and Skinner showed them letters written by wounded British prisoners praising Beanes and other Americans for their kind treatment.
Origin of the melody
After a century of general use, the four-stanza song was officially adopted as the national anthem by an act of Congress in The melody was used repeatedly throughout the 18th and 19th centuries with lyrics that changed with the affairs of the day. The first stanza , somewhat humorous, reads as follows:. Atlee was written for the abolitionist cause.
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