Red, White, and Blue

Here is “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as written by Julia Ward Howe when she published it in February, 1862, in the Atlantic Monthly:

Copied from– Women in History

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 the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
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 by the dim and flaring lamps:
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.”

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting 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.

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.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. JamesA-S says:

    Now I understand the Edison thing. I don’t know why my comments layer was not working: it jolly well should be. I hope you had a good holiday celebrating the removal of the pesky Brits. We celebrated getting rid of you with a great deal of good old British rain!****Yes, we feel great today knowing we can act like spoiled brats and admit it freely.

    ***July 6th… Continued to say….went again over to your site but it is locked for comments. I sure don’t get that battle you are having with a Kate. I have always found you to be very witty and charming but that video really offends me.

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  2. Cinj says:

    Mm, I could have sworn I posted about how I love your garden decor. Maybe I just dreamed it? I do that a lot! LOL. Anyway, beautiful! I wish I could get to my decorations. Ah well! Suppose I should go get working on that garage….

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  3. So beautiful! Simply beautiful Anna!
    ***Isn’t it though Kathi!! I love such beauty in thought and spirit.

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  4. cindee says:

    Hi Anna, I put some pics on my blog for you(-:

    *** Be right over in a minute..I’m catching up on my blog comments..shouldn’t take long:) as no one knows where to find me—lol. It better be Red, White, and Blue!!

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  5. JamesA-S says:

    Honestly. You are incapable of staying still for a moment! I have to quarter the ether until I finally bump into your blog again. All this jiggery is most disconcerting. Hope all well and your new garden settling in.
    *** I didn’t even know I was like this till I started going through it–lol. Here’s what Miriam Webster online has to say about jiggery cause I didn’t know??

    Main Entry: jig·gery–pok·ery
    Pronunciation: \ˈji-gər-ē-ˈpō-kər-ē\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: probably alteration of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk to dodge, cheat + pawk trick, wile
    Date: circa 1892
    : underhanded manipulation or dealings : trickery

    I’m almost as interesting as you. I can’t spell as well. I didn’t know all my blog moving around was going to happen when I did it. So sorry about it but really glad you are here. I’m going to paraphrase this—Someone ask Thomas Edison what it felt like to make so many mistakes and he said it felt pretty good when the light came on. Well, my light came on. 😉 Edison…Also, there are no rules here we are trying to accomplish something—If we did all the things we are capable of we would astound ourselves. Results, I got results..I know several things that don’t work. I have not failed, I just know 10,000 ways it won’t work.

    So consider me your Edison friend…..

    I just swam all the way across the ocean to see you and you don’t have an open comment. You must be out and about but I had a blast while at your blog!!! The bit about your performance with Nigel is grand. The comments on some of your pictures were funny as all get out. I would love to see the two of you in person…..the nice lady wandering in your garden was a hoot to read….and your rockless garden was rockless. I’ll be back cause it was really fun to stop by and read your witty humor as always.

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  6. Sherri says:

    Hi Anna! I live in Charlotte, NC so we aren’t that far from each other. How exciting to find another blogger not too far. I love your gardens!! I love all the pics you have posted and I’ve marked your Blog as a favorite. Stop by my Blog sometime: http://www.sherrisreadingjubilee.blogspot.com. I’d love to hear from you!
    **** Welcome and it’s nice to meet you. Thank you for the kind words. I will stop by in just a few minutes. I’m jealous you live in such a cool town with lots to do. We come that way about twice a year to see what a real city looks like;)******

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