Battle Hymn of the Republic
By: Julia Ward Howe
of November 18, 1861, when she was visiting Washington, D.C.
She had recently watched Union army troops drilling to the strains of “John Brown’s body,” and a companion suggested she compose new lyrics for the tune. The result was published in the
“Atlantic Monthly a few months later.
It assertion of faith that God was with the North’s cause immediately appealed to the
Union army, which adopted it as its marching song. After the war,
its popularity spread to all parts of the country.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
Source: The Book of Virtues
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