January 20, 2017

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d 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.

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 live to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 20, 2017 12:18 PM
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Watching CSPAN feed of motorcade (no commentary) and played this video/audio as I watched, it was perfect (even for a heathen like me). Then at the exact moment the song ended Pres. Trump's (man that feels good to type) limo stopped for him to get out and walk a ways. Freakin' awesome (sue me for using that term)...

Posted by: tim at January 20, 2017 1:21 PM

What powerful music,makes the soul soar.

Posted by: Nori at January 20, 2017 9:31 PM

Fly high. Don't give them the time of day. If you are compelled to respond to them say simply, "Pussy, shut the fuck up.", and move on.

Let them cry alone. Marginalize them.

They are addicted to attention, as little kids always are, it's all about them. Vacate their asses and force them to acknowledge it's all about you.

Remember, "Pussy, shut the fuck up."

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 21, 2017 4:05 AM

Remember when Obama said the mooslem call to prayer in the morning was the most beautiful sound in the world? Oh no, this is it, the MTC singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Posted by: Chuck at January 21, 2017 4:38 AM

MTC always sounds like they are just putting it on. I don't sense any faith there.

Posted by: pbird at January 21, 2017 8:24 AM

The Wrongs, in their perverseness, thought the rest of us could be controlled like computer programs.
But we are more than biological cause/effect mechanisms; we are spirits expressing ourselves through our bodies. Our nature goes far beyond Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.c

Our nature is of an immaterial sort composed of morality, courage, kindness, and gratitude. When any of these qualities are insufficient for the situation, we gain through effort, their fuller attainment.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at January 21, 2017 8:40 AM

Back in the 1960s when I was in high school, this was always the closing song for the Iowa High School All-State Festival every year. Made up of quartets from schools that had to audition, the mass chorus had the audience on its feet. For me, this has been akin to The Messiah---once you learn it you never forget it!

Posted by: NeeNee at January 21, 2017 8:36 PM

Down here we hear the Battle Hymn about once every 4 years.

Posted by: Christian LeBlanc at January 22, 2017 2:52 PM

My favorite rendition, very moving to me.

Posted by: Bunny at January 23, 2017 8:25 AM