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14 December 2000
HOWE, Julia Ward (1819-1910), author. Autograph manusript signed ("Julia Ward Howe"), the fifth and final stanza of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," n.p., 28 February 1899. 1 page, oblong (102 x 177 mm.), framed. Fine.
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 elderly author pens the fifth and final stanza: "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."
Howe's original draft manuscript was part of the Middendorf Collection, sold at Christie's 17 May 1989, lot 279, now in the FORBES Magazine Collection.
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