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Battle Hymn of the Republic, song lyrics

Song: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Lyrics: Julia Ward Howe(1) (2)

Music: to the tune of "Glory , Hallelujah" (1861) by Phillip Simonds(3) (4)
Year: 1862(1)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA

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.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
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.
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I have read His 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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He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, 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 a 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.


1 - Transcribed from the sheet music, 2011. "Written by Mrs. Dr. S. G. Howe for the Atlantic Monthly". Published by Olixver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington St. Boston.

2 - Julia Ward Howe information and more Julia Ward Howe biography from the Biography Channel.

3 - If you have information on the history of Phillip Simonds and citations, please email us and let us know. Thank you.

4 - See Glory Hallelujah on this website.