BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
This hymn was born during the American civil war,
when Julia W. Howe visited a Union Army camp on the Potomac River
near Washington, D. C. She heard the soldiers singing the song
John Brown's Body and was taken with the strong marching beat.
She wrote the words the next day:
I awoke in the grey of the morning,
and as I lay waiting for dawn,
the long lines of the desired poem began
to entwine themselves in my mind,
and I said to myself, “I must get up and write hese verses, lest I fall asleep and forget them!” So I sprang out of bed and in the dimness found an old stump of a pen, which I remembered using the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.
The hymn appeared in the
Atlantic Monthly in 1862.
It was sung at the funerals of British statesman Winston Churchill,
American senator Robert Kennedy, and American president Ronald Reagan.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
by Julia Ward Howe
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling 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."
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