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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Battle Hymn of the American Republic
By Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910)
 
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 fatal 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 burnish’d 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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