By Dawn's Early Light

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Psalm 33:12-22

12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

13From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-- 15he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. 16No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

22May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

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By Dawn's Early Light

“By Dawn's Early Light” is episode #149 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on April 13, 1991.


Curt Stevens and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz go back in the Imagination Station to see events at the beginning of the War of 1812.



Curt Stevens and Lucy take an amazing trip in the Imagination Station back to the year 1812. They witness the British General Robert Ross’s tragic capture and torching of Washington, D.C., the British Admiral George Cockburn’s epic bombardment of Fort McHenry, and the composition of our national anthem by a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Lucy said she doesn’t understand all the fuss over flag burning. Do you?
    • Explain your answer.
  2. Why did we fight the War of 1812?
  3. Name some other examples of how God "preserv'd us a nation."


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Connie Kendall John Whittaker
Miss Medloff Lucy Cunningham-Schultz
Frank Stevens Curt Stevens
Mr. Schultz Lucy Cunningham-Schultz


  • This episode was written in response to all the flag burning that took place around the U.S. during this period.
  • The name "Cockburn" is pronounced by the actors in this episode the way it's written, with a hard "ck" sound in the middle of the word. However, the British pronounce the name as "Coburn" — without the hard "ck" sound.

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Major George Armistead: We'll never surrender. Do you hear? Never! <bomb explodes>
Curt Stevens: Whoa! I don't think they heard you, Major.

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: I mean a flag is just a piece of cloth. And the First Amendment does guarantee free expression.
Curt Stevens: It does?
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: <beat> Yes, Curt.

Curt Stevens: British? Hey, I'm not British. Do I sound British to you? I don't even like English muffins!

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: I just couldn't believe they burned all those buildings.
Dr. William Beanes: Well, they're just blocks of stone.
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: Yeah, and a flag is just a piece of cloth.
Dr. William Beanes: What?
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: Oh, it's just something I said before I came here. But they're not just blocks of stone and pieces of cloth. They're symbols of what we stand for, for what we believe. To see them burned, was like having part of me burned.