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“I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel…”

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.

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  • rabbit tobacco July 3, 2020, 1:57 PM

    clue to you: That hymn was the marching
    song of maurading yanks as they invaded
    the south. http://sonsofconfederateveterans.blogspot.com/2014/06/battle-hymn-of-republic-song-born-of.html

  • Bill in Tennessee July 3, 2020, 2:32 PM

    I have been part of a massed choir with a couple hundred voices and performed that very arrangement. It is very stirring and uplifting to sing that version.

  • Kirk Forlatt July 3, 2020, 3:55 PM

    …fucking ….? If …..origin of ======…. well, …fucking ….

    (If I’d said ———— But MY version——–doesn’t it?)

    ——— ——-fucking =======caterwauling das rhinegold”

    [Edited for sense]

  • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL July 3, 2020, 4:47 PM

    Google the book title: RED REPUBLICANS AND LINCOLN’S MARXISTS. Read it. They played this statist anthem of the American Lenin at Winston Churchill’s funeral. Despots gotta despot. I will not permit this song to be played in my home. Clueless, dangerous sheeple.

  • Joe Krill July 3, 2020, 5:01 PM

    Gerard, Thank you!

    For those who do not like it, turn your audio off, change the channel, go for a walk, do a little thinking and maybe you can come to grips with the fact America is still the greatest country to live in. If you cannot come to grips with that fact, then get out. Bet you do not leave. In the meantime, Go Army!

  • Dan Patterson July 3, 2020, 6:37 PM

    The depth of understanding the history of the US, the relationships between the states, and that of the states to the federal government (created by the states, not the other way around) is criminally thin. To award sainthood to Lincoln is, although expected, likewise myopic.

    The southern states wrongly held to the then-acceptable practice of human ownership and that is unforgivable. But the times then were not the times now and the need for manual labor was lessened in the north by technology and non-agrarian economics. That in turn created a second tier of population freed from bondage but not wholly citizens. The south also had an abolition movement – the need for masses of labor was tied to large plantings (cotton mostly) and the treatment of those people was largely inhumane never mind the very ownership of another human – and the problem of transitioning away was not un-noticed. The previous administration did nothing substantial to solve the issues and the topic hung over the election of 1860. Lincoln sought to appease both parties in the runup to the election but fumbled badly after inauguration. Lincoln maneuvered away from negotiating with the southern states, imposed impossible taxation and restrictions on the south, refused discussions on the matter, then yanked the lanyard that ignited the brewing war by reinforcing Ft Beauregard adjacent to Ft Sumter in the face of a dire warning not to. A war fought not to abolish slavery for Lincoln agreed it was installed as a fact and he did not seek to interfere; that was his position until it became politically expedient to amend it. It was a war he alone could have prevented but he threw a fit and presided over the deaths of 600,000 Americans in order to install central governance above state decisions. And for that he is revered.


    Bless you all for you are all my kin. We may not know one another and we may not understand one another but we are bonded by the writings and actions of the founding documents; we are able to pursue our interests on our own terms without interference from government.

    Or we were until the frog began to boil.

    Like others commenting before me I do not hold the anthem in any regard whatever. But you who do please carry on and enjoy.

  • captflee July 3, 2020, 9:08 PM

    Not long before I bid a permanent adieu to the Episco-dipshits, the carpetbagger priest teed this one up for some patriotic Sunday or other, and seemed genuinely shocked when a notable number of the audience turned their backs on him or just left, some for good. Perhaps he failed to recall that the Blue Uniformed Scum of the Earth had previously desecrated that very church for insufficient zeal in the worship of a recently defunct politician. That many, perhaps a majority, of our fellow subjects of the Empire are constitutionally, presumably genetically, incapable of conceiving that anyone could hold an opinion not identical to their own remains as true today as it was in the nineteenth century.

  • Fletcher Christian July 4, 2020, 3:02 AM

    It’s been 150 years ago, and the slavers and wannabe aristocrats lost. Grow up!

  • Frank July 4, 2020, 3:52 AM

    Yes, the War ended 155 years ago. Yes, slavery was wrong. Yes, the South lost. But isn’t it time to stop singing a song that celebrates slaughtering people you believe are morally inferior? What if the burnish’d rows of terrible, swift swords had been used on your grandmothers?

  • Armchair Sinner July 4, 2020, 4:20 AM

    Did StormFront close today or something? A few of these commentators need a sound thrashing.

    Here’s one of the best versions of the hymn, and it’s no surprise that it’s sung by and black woman.


  • Annie Rose July 4, 2020, 5:49 AM

    Lincoln was a Marxist and friend of Karl Marx? Please. Give me a break. Here’s an article refuting that and showing the shoddy and biased writing and faulty conclusions of the author of that tripe.
    There are those who are actively bent on rewriting our country’s history and defaming our founding fathers. They are emboldened by the current chaos and just like previous attempts to discourage people of the past and mislead them, their efforts will fail. Do not be deceived. I had ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. I love the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Thank you Gerard for sharing two great versions of this song!

  • Roy Lofquist July 4, 2020, 6:51 AM

    Gerard, it’s getting really nasty here.

    Well, it’s not by Lee Greenwald but I like it.

    Best National Anthem Ever!!

    Here’s one that I really should hate but I love it.

  • jefferson101 July 4, 2020, 6:59 AM

    Interesting to note that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir uses the new and apparently more PC version of the lyrics. “As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free”

    The Army still goes old school and sings that verse as written.

  • rabbit tobacco July 4, 2020, 7:40 AM

    Josey Wales : This boy was brought up in a time of blood and dying and never questioned a bit of it. He never turned his back on his folks or his kind. I rode with him… and I got no complaints.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2020, 8:17 AM

    It’s a song, part of history, get over yourself.
    The amcoms want to destroy the monuments and here you are wanting to forget the past.
    WTF is with you people?
    And Fletcher, your comments of late are becoming increasingly ignorant.
    The only way to win an argument, short of standing up and pulling your pistols and blowing everybody’s eyeballs out, is to know the subject matter perfectly.
    If you don’t, then stfu.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2020, 8:29 AM

    There are 4 columns on our front porch and today I am installing a 3’x5′ flag on each of them.
    In this order, left to right:





    Sure hope I don’t have to defend my property any time soon because someone can’t control their emotions nor respect the natural rights of others.

  • Frank July 4, 2020, 3:55 PM

    Where do you suppose Custer learned the skills that made him so adept at slaughtering Native American women and children? …. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

  • John the River July 4, 2020, 7:17 PM

    Ghost, I like your flags and are envious that you could put out the flag today honoring the ‘other’ side that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg 157 years ago. In other years I’ve framed the front entrance with the Union and Confederate battle flags side by side; but I’ve got to be home to do that and today I had to be elsewhere. Same reason the Trump banner wasn’t flying. I did put up “The Bonnie Blue Flag” since the clueless wonders don’t know it. The Gadston flag flies 27/7/365.

  • ghostsniper July 5, 2020, 4:24 AM

    John, Nice! Your house porch layout is similar to ours, but ours is 2 story, white, front door in the middle, wrap around porch. So yeah, 4 flags, one on each post. I hadn’t thought about putting flags on the sides of the corner posts like you have. I may do that too. Now, don’t burn it all down with those home made fireworks!

  • John the River July 5, 2020, 1:16 PM

    Not again! This is the second house on the same piece of ground. First one (and our first house) burnt down just a few weeks shy of 16 years ago, an experience I share with Gerard. First one was a Colonial era farm building, converted into a a human habitation on the Friday before Pearl Harbor (found a newspaper the plumber put inside the wall before closing it up).

    Unfortunately, where the town fire truck arrived it neglected to bring any water.