Battle Hymn of the Republic

Something for the weekend.  The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  This version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is the most powerful one I have heard.  During the Civil War the Mormons kept their distance from the fighting, concentrating on their unsuccessful efforts to enter the Union.  A good post here on the tense relationship between Salt Lake City and Washington during the War.  Now, the Mormons are as mainstream as white bread and tend to be very patriotic.  Time changes the past, or rather how we perceive the past.

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.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

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.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

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;

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;

Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

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.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,

He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;

So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,

Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Our God is marching on.

5 Comments

  1. Outstanding, gives me chills.

    • Me too RM!

  2. LUV IT!!!!

  3. Hymnus rei publicae in bellis

    Gloriam vidi oculis meis progredientis Domini
    Qui vindemiam vindiciarum pedibus comprimit
    Qui fatalem gladii sui fulgurem liberavit;
    procedit veritas!
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur! [ter]
    Procedit veritas!

    Facies suam vidi in focis legionum multorum
    Qui altaria Ei construxerunt noctibus incumbentibus
    Legi iustam Suam sententiam per exhaustis lucernis;
    Dies sua oritur!
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur!
    Dies sua oritur!

    Evangelium enitentem legi in ferreos acies:
    Sicut vos agitis in alteris, ita in vobis Gratia Mea.
    Pressit, ex Femina natus, Vir serpentem pedibus
    Cum et Deus procedit
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur!
    Cum et Deus procedit.

    Quae receptui canere nescit sonita buccina est
    Judicantur corda adstantium sedem Sui iudicii.
    Age, anima mea, age, et gaudens ad Eum i:
    Deus noster procedit
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur!
    Deus noster procedit.

    Quia trans mare in pulchritudine natus est liliorum
    Iesus, cuius gloria in pectore omnes nos trasfigurat;
    Mortuus est ut santificemur; ita agere nobis est,
    Cum Deus progreditur
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur!
    Cum Deus progreditur.

    Amen venit sicut gloria orientis super mare diei,
    Ut potentibus consilium, et auxilium fortibus;
    Mundus vere scamnum pedis, tempus servus erit suus,
    Deus noster procedit
    Gloria! Gloria! Deus laudetur!
    Deus noster procedit.

    • Illud iterum dicere potes!


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