Skip to comments.Battle Hymm of the Republic
Posted on 12/10/2019 3:05:35 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz
Thanks for posting.
The words have been somewhat modified (emasculated) since I learned them.
Sweet! God bless!
This is the Peter Wilhousky arrangement that dates from the WWII era and is often performed by choirs. Wilhousky retained the original wording, "as he died to make us holy, let us die to make men free." I know, because I sang those words when performing this arrangement in a choral concert in 1966.
Nowadays, choirs usually sing, "let us live to make men free"--I suppose they have to do so to remain relevant in this age of safe spaces and snowflakes.
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."
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.
I recall reading that in the hymnal when I was a kid. Even then I thought it was kind of grim.
It was inspired by this passage, when God said to the serpent in the Garden of Eden,
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.
Battle Hymn of the Republic performed at the Ronald Reagan Funeral at the National Cathedral. Performed as a spiritual at his funeral service.
Battle Hymn of the Republic performed at the Ronald Reagan Private Burial Ceremony at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Performed as a celebratory march at his final resting place.
Yeah, they have.
Why do people do this?
Change one word a year, and in a hundred years we’ll be singing “I am the very model of a modern Major General...”
The best rendition by the USArmy Chorus.
Winston Churchill requested this to be played at his funeral.
It was one of the largest funerals for a Prime Minister in the history of Britain.
Newsreel of Winston Churchill’s funeral.
Song is at 2:39
I would like to know how
‘let us die to make men free’
Is a better idea than
‘let us live to make men free”?
Even when I was a kid and watched one of the old WW2 pep rally movie I though it odd that you have your troups sining about going to die.
Willing to die for your freedom, but not going to die.
Just a little change in beat and tempo and the Battle Hymm of the Republic becomes a death march or something uplifting that gets your feet moving and wanting to dance.
At other times it is song with reverence and it becomes aprayer.
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