Meet the American who wrote 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'

Ha scritto “L'inno di battaglia della Repubblica” a novembre 1861, during a wartime tour of Washington, D.C., quando gli americani si resero conto con tristezza che la guerra civile di sette mesi sarebbe stata più lunga, darker and deadlier than anticipated.

Howe’s masterpiece has been called America’s fight song. Its lyrics inspired the United States to spiritual resolve and sacrifice.

The words tell the biblically heroic story of Union soldiers marching to their death in the name of Christ to vanquish slavery:

As he died to make men holy
Let us die to make men free
His truth is marching on


The lyrics are often altered in modern performances tolet us live to make men free.Yet some 360,000 federal soldiers, according to the American Battlefield Trust, answered the call to martyrdom in the name of human liberty. Their sacrifice freed 4 million Americans from bondage. Hundreds of thousands of Confederate soldiers died in the conflict, pure.

Il “glory, glory hallelujahchorus ofThe Battle Hymnis today one of the most familiar refrains in world music.

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) è l

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) è l'autore di “L'inno di battaglia della Repubblica,” which includes some of the most inspirational words ever written. (Bettmann Archive)

But many people have forgotten the rest of the tune and its impassioned Christian call to arms — even willfully erased it in certain circles of the American political spectrum. Many recent accounts of the song gloss over its foundations.

Howe’s imagery is unmistakable, anche se; the song was deeply informed by her literary Christian upbringing.

Flickering campfires inThe Battle Hymn” siamo the light of the Lord; encampments are altars where soldiers prayin the evening dews and damp”; glimmering bayonets formed for battle reflect thefiery Gospel.Slavery is an Old Testament serpent to be crushed beneath the heel of Jesus Christ.

The song was deeply informed by Howe’s literary Christian upbringing.

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