BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC


Julia Ward Howe wrote these lyrics during the heart of the Civil War. She sent the words to the Atlantic Monthly magazine and received an honorarium of $5.00. When President Abraham Lincoln first heard the hymn, he asked to have it sung again. Soon the entire nation was singing the song.

The text is filled with biblical allusions. The expression "grapes of wrath" refers to Revelation 14:19; the sounding trumpet is probably from Revelation 8. For the Christian, the message of this song is that God's truth is eternal. Although circumstances may appear overwhelming difficult, God will still accomplish his purposes, and his truth will endure.


IT CAN BE DANGEROUS TO IDENTIFY POLITICAL CAUSES OR EVEN NATIONAL PATRIOTISM WITH GOD'S TRUTH. NATIONS MAY RISE AND FALL, BUT GOD'S TRUTH REMAINS FOREVER. HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON. *


Scriptures: Psalm 20:7 / 1 Corinthians 15:4-27 / Rev. 8:6 / Revelation 14-19


*The Complete Book of Hymns by William & Ardythe Petersen, p 549



The U. S. Army Chorus performed at the Dedication of the G. W. Bush Presidential Library.

The Bush family, the Clintons & the Obamas attended as evidenced by the video.

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