Battle Hymn of the Republic
November 18, 1861
Julia Ward Howe saw Union troops drilling to “John Brown’s Body” when a companion suggested she write new lyrics for the melody. A few months later, Howe’s inspiring and poetic verses were printed in the Atlantic Monthly. The Union Army quickly adopted it as it’s march, and after the war it became a favorite of all Americans.
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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is tramping out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat:
O, be swift, my soul, to answer him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With the glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
JULIA WARD HOWE
Quotes To Ponder:
“Any nation who welcomes disgrace and surrender rather than an unshakeable stand for their rights and freedom, is prepared for a Task master and deserves one.” Alexander Hamilton
“God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to defend it.” Daniel Webster
“… lawyers are what make people free.” Janet Reno, Former U.S. Attorney General (Clinton Administration) I wonder how much else has changed in the past 225 years! – Joe L.