A Patriotic Song for Sunday – “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

With July 4 just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to feature a patriotic song today on A Song for Sunday.

One of my favorites that was regularly sung at my home church was “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

I found this history on this website: http://www.shmoop.com/battle-hymn-of-the-republic/meaning.html

“In 1861, a religious camp song and a New York woman met on a Virginia road. The result was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” one of the most famous and arguably most important songs in American history. Originally known as “Canaan’s Happy Shore,” but also known as “Brothers, Will You Meet Us?,” the music that eventually became this stirring hymn was first published in 1858.

The song had grown out of revivals and camp meetings after the Methodists had devised a creative solution to the challenge of bringing religion to America’s spread-out population. With too few churches and clergy, the denomination ordained circuit riders to carry its evangelical message and songs on horseback to farmers and frontiersmen in the South and West. By 1860, “Canaan’s Happy Shore” was a camp meeting favorite, largely because of its repetitive lyrics and rousing melody, which made it easy to sing and to remember.”

(You can read much more about the history of the song on this website: http://www.shmoop.com/battle-hymn-of-the-republic/meaning.html)

A Patriotic Song for Sunday - "Battle Hymn of the Republic" - Melanie Redd

Here are the lyrics:

“The Battle Hymn Of The Republic”

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 has loosed the fateful lightening 
Of His terrible swift sword
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

I have read a fiery gospel 
Writ in burnish’d rows of steel
As ye deal with my condemners 
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
Our God is marching on

He has sounded form 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 live to make men free
While God is marching on

Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Our God is marching on

I’ve included two versions of the song today: one by the Gaithers and one by Elvis.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7GzUvGiF48


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rcxLOqgLk


May God bless you today and remind you that God is marching on in victory~


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5 thoughts on “A Patriotic Song for Sunday – “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

  1. AMEN! Thanks for the great reminder of that God is, has been, & always will be victorious. And for men & women who’ve gone before us so that we can enjoy freedoms that we so lightly take for granted. This song always gives me chill bumps. I think my favorite part is…

    “As He died to make men holy
    Let us live to make men free…
    Our God is marching on”

    Happy Independence Day!
    ~ Jackie T.

    1. Thanks, Jackie! Don’t you love knowing that in the end, we WIN!

      It does give us some perspective, doesn’t it!

      Hope you and your family enjoy some rest and quiet time together over the 4th~

      I miss seeing you, and I pray for you often!
      Sure do love you,

  2. Yes, yes, yes, Melanie! Our GOD is marching on in victory! What a beautiful and powerful truth! Thank you for sharing! May THE LORD bless you and keep you, Dear Heart! 🙂

    1. Oh, Yes, He is! And, aren’t we glad.

      My childhood pastor used to day, “I’ve read the whole book, and I know how this thing all ends!” Grateful for a God who is completely in control!

      Bless you too,

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