Gift #380: Independence Day

This week marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, arguably the turning point of the Civil War.  As our nation poured out its blood and sweat to make the ideals of our Declaration of Independence a reality, it’s very identity was being remade.  In the dark of the night, Julia Ward Howe penned words to a song that would come to embody the soul of the conflict and the hope of what would be accomplished.  The Battle Hymn of the Republic still stands as one of the great patriotic songs of our nation, born in conflict, aspiring to peace.

 

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,

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 gospelwrit in burnished rows of steel:

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

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:

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!

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.

 

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,

He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,

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

Our God is marching on

 

 

May we always be eager and willing to stand for freedom and liberty for all.

Happy Birthday America!

Blessings to you,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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