Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 24, 2011

THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

 

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:

He is trampling [1]out the vintage [2]where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He hath loosed the fateful [3]lightning of His terrible swift sword:

His truth is marching on.

 

(Chorus)

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 [4]and damps;

I can read His righteous [5]sentence by the dim [6]and flaring [7]lamps:

His day is marching on.

 

(Chorus)

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

His day is marching on.

 

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished [8]rows of steel:

“As ye deal with my contemners[9], so with you my grace shall deal;

Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,

Since God is marching on.”

 

(Chorus)

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 [10]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.

 

(Chorus)

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 [11]that transfigures you and me:

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,

While God is marching on.

 

(Chorus)

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[12], He is Succor [13]to the brave,

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

Our God is marching on.

 

(Chorus)

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Our God is marching on

 


[1] To trample: to step heavily on something or someone, causing damage or injury.

[2] Vintage: the wine made in a particular year, or a particular year in which wine has been made.

[3] Fateful: having an important and usually negative effect on the future.

[4] Dew: drops of water that form on the ground and other surfaces outside during the night.

[5] Righteous: morally correct.

[6] Dim: not giving or having much light.

[7] Flaring: burning brightly either for a short time or irregularly.

[8] To burnish: to rub metal until it is smooth and shiny.

[9] Contemners: A person or entity who is guilty of contempt before a judicial or legislative body. People who despise other people.

[10] To sift: To examine.

[11] Bosom: the front of a person’s chest, especially when thought of as the centre of human feelings.

[12] Mighty: very large, powerful or important

[13] To succour (UK), Succor (US): help given to someone, especially someone who is suffering or in need:


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