Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
(words by Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage
Where the grapes of wrath are stor'd;
He hath loos'd the fateful lightning
Of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
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.



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  2. wow! I had not read that whole hymn like that before, so powerful!
    Thanks, I really enjoyed reading the words and so convicting too.

  3. This is a very powerful and moving hymn - haven't sung it in ages!!!

  4. I have to smile that someone in Australia is talking about this hymn! The words to the hymn were inspired by the American Civil War, fought to end slavery and reunite the North and South. (Southern states seceeded from the Union beginning in late 1860 in order to preserve slavery and their way of life.) To this day the Civil War is the bloodiest war in American history - 600,000 men died in it. We sing this song as a patriotic song, near holidays like the 4th of July (American Independence) or Memorial Day (last Monday in May - created to honor Civil War dead.) I find it very interesting that you sing it is Australia as a regular hymn! Did you know about the connection?

  5. Val - I knew it was inspired by the American Civil War, not sure how many do though - the other part of its name is The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Yes, it is sung here as a hymn, but I have a feeling that last verse is dropped off - I can't remember singing so many verses. It is very powerful.

  6. One of my very favorite hymns! Sometimes it's so nice to see the words printed out so that one can savor them slowly and take in their full meaning. (o:


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