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opinions. He would continue to write poetry in his
     spare time, but none were published until 14 years
     after his death. Two of his religious poems would
     „‡…‘‡  Š”‹•–‹ƒ Š›•ǡ Dz ‡ˆ‘”‡ –Š‡  ‘”†  ‡  ‘™dz
     ƒ† Dz ‘”†ǡ ™‹–Š  Ž‘™‹‰  ‡ƒ”–  ǯ†  ”ƒ‹•‡  Š‡‡Ǥdz

       ‡› †‹‡† ‹  ƒ—ƒ”› ͙͛͜͠ ƒ– –Š‡ ƒ‰‡ ‘ˆ ͛͞ ƒ† ‹• „—”‹‡†
     in Frederick, Maryland. Although much conjecture
     exists as to whether Francis Scott Key was a Mason,
     no hard evidence exists to substantiate that claim.
     Several other notable individuals in the War of 1812
     were Masons, including James Monroe (Secretary
     ‘ˆ  –ƒ–‡Ȍǡ  ‡‡”ƒŽ  †”‡™  ƒ…•‘ǡ ƒ†  ƒŒ‘”
      ‡‡”ƒŽ  ‡™‹•  ƒ•• ȋ ‡””‹–‘”‹ƒŽ  ‘˜‡”‘” ‘ˆ  ‹…Š‹‰ƒǡ
     ’”‡•‹†‡–‹ƒŽ …ƒ†‹†ƒ–‡ ‹ ͙͜͠͠ǡ ƒ† –Š‡ •‡…‘†  ”ƒ†
      ƒ•–‡” ‘ˆ  Š‹‘ ƒ† –Š‡ Ƥ ”•–  ”ƒ†  ƒ•–‡” ‘ˆ –Š‡
     Michigan Territory.)

       ›ǣ  ”‘Ǥ  Š—…  Žƒ’‹––ǡ  –  –ƒ ͛͛͛ǡ  ”ƒ†  ‘†‰‡ ‘ˆ  †‹ƒƒ

                                                                                   The lyrics for this song stem from
                                                                                  a poem by Francis Scott Key in 1814
                                                                                  called “Defense of Fort McHenry.”
                                                                                  The poem was later set to music, and
                                                                                  the song was renamed “The  Star-
                                                                                  Spangled Banner.” The original draft
                                                                                  pages are displayed at the Maryland
                                                                                  Historical Society in Baltimore.

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