I awoke the morning after the debate and remembering the evening before, while in the shower, I began to sing The Star Spangled Banner.
As I sang, the opening lines being in a higher register came out weak and, I realized, plaintive.
Yet the closing lines of the first stanza came across more bold.
We have asked ourselves, "Can the Republic survive?".
As the opening lines observe the peril, the closing lines are a fervent prayer.
We await God's answer.