155th Anniversary Of The Publication Of The “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. See link below.

Click here to access the Wikipedia entry …

A YouTube rendition that I like. In my opinion some sing it a tad too slow.

I like it maybe even a bit faster than this … STRIDENT … Marching.

This rousing, very visceral song was popular in Ceylon as “My Eyes Have Seen the Glory” in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up — and was the norm at the time it was enjoyed for its music OUTSIDE of its religious connotations. That was the multicultural, multireligious Ceylon I grew up in. My adoptive mother thought she was, and would claim she was, the most ardent Buddhist — EVER. But, her all time favorite song, that she sang year round, and at least once a week was “Silent Night“. Some days, if we were in the car, she would sing it multiple times a day. There was no religious significance. She just liked it. I am sure that it was through my adoptive mother, who was very musical and could play the piano by ear, that I got to know this “Battle Hymn“. As I mentioned above I prefer it fast — marching pace.

But, enjoy. 155 years.

It was published in the February 1862 issue of “The Atlantic Monthly” — which I guess became available on February 1.


by Anura Guruge


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