Thursday 11 September 2003
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
We need less Amazing Grace and more Battle Hymn of the Republic, is all I have to say.
C-SPAN has the National Prayer Service from September 2001 available online here. Fast-forward to 1:51:00 for the Battle Hymn of the Republic, at a reasonable tempo — it’s a call to arms, not a dirge — and with the fifth verse (“As He died to make men holy, let us die to make them free”) intact.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,