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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Julia Ward Howe. 1819–1911
 
137. 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 hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword: 
            His truth is marching on. 
  
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;         5
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 burnished rows of steel: 
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;  10
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, 
            Since God is marching on." 
  
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; 
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat: 
O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!  15
            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 die to make men free, 
            While God is marching on.  20
 
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