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"God Bless America' introduction unfamiliar

Question: An Irish tenor sang God Bless America at one of the World Series games at Yankee Stadium, but the opening verse was unfamiliar.

It started out with "While the storm is brewing far across the sea," but I didn't get the rest of the words. Can you print them?

Answer: The seldom-heard introductory verse to Irving Berlin's classic composition, which has enjoyed renewed popularity nationwide since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, goes like this:

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,

Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:"

(And then it continues with the familiar:)

"God bless America.

Land that I love

Stand beside her, and guide her

Through the night with a light from above. . . ."

Market highs

Question: Will you publish the all-time highest close for these indexes: S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq?

Answer: S&P 500: 1,527.46, March 24, 2000; Dow Jones Industrial Average: 11,722.98, Jan. 14, 2000; and Nasdaq: 5,048.62, March 10, 2000.

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