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Julia Ward Howe
by Julia Ward Howe
Introduction by Helen M. Wright

The following excerpt is from America: Cradle for the Second Coming by Helen Wright (2nd edition, 1999, pp. 163-164):

The following remarkable vision of Julia Ward Howe was published in the July 18, 1908 Christian Science Sentinel, Vol. X, No. 46. Its title, But Their Eyes Were Holden, no doubt refers to the general public's unawareness that the very condition Mrs. Howe saw as a possibility for the future was actually an accomplished fact through Christian Science – that the unnumbered thousands healed and regenerated in Christian Science constituted the 'vast host,' seen in her vision:

One night recently I experienced a sudden awakening. I had a vision of a new era which is to dawn for mankind and in which men and women are battling, equally, untidily, for the uplifting and emancipating of the race from evil. I saw men and women of every clime working like bees to unwrap the evils of society, and to discover the whole web of vice and misery and to apply the remedies and also to find the influences that should best counteract evil and its attending suffering.

There seemed to be a new, a wondrous, ever-permeating light, the glory of which I cannot attempt to put into human words--the light of the newborn hope and sympathy blazing. The source of this light was born of human endeavor, immortal purpose of countless thousands of men and women who were equally doing their part in the worldwide battle with evil, and whose energy was bended to tear the mask from error, crime, superstition, greed, and to discover and apply the remedy.

I saw men and women, standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder, a common lofty and indomitable purpose lighting every face with a glory not of this earth. All were advancing with one end in view, one foe to trample, one everlasting good to gain. I saw them advancing like a mighty army, laden with the fruits of their research, their study, their endeavor, in this battle with the powers of darkness, and ready to tear vice from the earth, to strip away all of selfishness, greed, and rapine. Then I seemed to see them stoop down to their fellows and to lift them higher, higher, and yet higher. Men and women, a vast host, whom none could number, working untidily, equally, with superhuman energy, all for the extirpation of the blackness of vice and for the weal of the race.

And then I saw the victory!

All of evil was gone from the earth. Misery was blotted out. Mankind was emancipated and ready to march forward in a new era of human understanding, all-encompassing sympathy, and ever-present help. The era of perfect love, of peace passing understanding. 

(Originally printed in The Boston Sunday American of June 28, 1908.)

In Julia Ward Howe's vision, the veil which obscures the ever-present millennium was lifted—as Mary Baker Eddy had already, in actual practice, been lifting it for forty-two years.

To see the above excerpt in the full book America: Cradle for the Second Coming see Helen Wright's Index page:

Helen Wright Index Page

Battle Hymn of the Republic - Lyrics
by Julia Ward Howe

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 his fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on. 

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! 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 in the dim and daring lamps,
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah!  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,"
Let the Hero born of woman crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on. 

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah!  Since God is marching on 

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat,
He is sitting 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.

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah!  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. 

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah!  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.

Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah 
Glory! Glory ! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

Vocal recording of the Hymn by Odetta:
MP3 Audio - 3:54

Interesting facts about the Battle Hymn of the Republic

From Special Needs in Music website

Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after visiting a Union Army Camp on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. in December of 1861. Her ancestors were famous during The American Revolutionary War.

- While visiting the army camp, she heard a favorite marching song of the Union Army. The song was set to the melody from the parody song “John Brown’s Body.” The John Brown in the song referred to a Scottish Sergeant in the 12th Massachusetts Regiment, not John Brown the famous abolitionist.

- The song's melody was made famous before the Civil War by a South Carolinian choirmaster and organist named William Steffe. He is believed to have written the melody in 1856. The song was originally titled “Say Brothers Will You Meet Us.”

- Reverend James Freeman Clark challenged Julia Ward Howe into writing a poem with a more powerful message for the marching song.

- That same night Julia Ward Howe dreamed the first line and awoke with it on her mind in the middle of the night. She wrote the entire poem by candle light before dawn. She forced herself up from her sleep because she was fearful that if she did not immediately write the poem she would forget it.

- The Atlantic Monthly paid her five dollars for the poem and published it in 1862, James T. Field of The Atlantic Monthly named the poem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

- The chaplain of the 122nd Ohio Regiment taught it to Union soldiers every where.

- It is said that President Abraham Lincoln was so moved by the song, he wept when he heard it.

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