Monday, May 22, 2006

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mark Steyn has written a great article on the history of the song:

In America, Memorial Day is just ahead – or Decoration Day, if you’re a real old-timer, a day for decorating the graves of the Civil War dead. The songs many of those soldiers marched to are still known today – “The Yellow Rose Of Texas”, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, “Dixie”. But this one belongs in a category all its own:

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...
Read on. I bet you will learn something about one of America's greatest songs.

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