16 June 2016
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HOWE, Julia Ward (1819-1910). Autograph manuscript signed ("Julia Ward Howe"), a fair copy of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" ("Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord..."), n.p., 4 August 1900. 1 page, 4to, small tear to text and margin repaired on verso.
"THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC": JULIA WARD HOWE'S ROUSING CIVIL WAR ANTHEM
Originally untitled "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was composed by Howe in the semi-darkness of her hotel room in Washington, following a visit to President Lincoln and Union army encampments. First published in the Atlantic Monthly in February 1862, it was soon sung to the tune of "John Brown's body," and became an ideal marching song and a remarkably popular anthem during the Civil War. Here, The fifth and final stanza reads: "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."
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