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Thread #74686   Message #1304362
Posted By: Joe_F
22-Oct-04 - 08:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Battle Hymn of Republic': addl. stanza?
Subject: Origins: 'Battle Hymn of Republic': addl. stanza?
A correspondent has sent me the following unusual addition to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic":

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, he is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be his footstool, and the soul of wrong his slave.
Our God is marching on.

He adds:

"(I have no idea of the provenance or authorship; the music
and lyrics were distributed in the form of a two-sided Xerox
copy which appears to be from some uncredited hymnal in which
tBHotR is hymn 717--but, unhymnalistically, there are no
visible page numbers [possibly an effect of cropping] and
no indication of the lyricist, the tune-writer, or the

Of course, anyone could have written it, but it seems just possible to me that Julia Ward Howe did & then thought better of including it. [The original sheet music (1862, reproduced in _Popular Songs of Nineteenth-Century America_) has only the familiar five stanzas.] Has anyone else seen this?