The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Julia W. Howe
"I awoke in the grey of the morning, and as I lay waiting for dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to entwine themselves in my mind, and I said to myself, ĻI must get up and write these verses, lest I fall asleep and forget them" So I sprang out of bed and in the dimness found an old stump of a pen, which I remembered using the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper."
The hymn appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
performed on the original Reuter opus #822 console & pipe organ, August 21, 2005
The original 822's blower was in use at this time.
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