Battle Hymn of the Republic, The

Battle Hymn of the Republic, The

Broadcast: December 4, 1940
Added: Dec 04 2014

Alexander Woollcott as the writer and narrator gives us a biography of a masterpiece telling its story with the help of noted composer Deems Taylor who has composed and will conduct the original musical score. 

He narrates this story with a journey back in to history looking at the world as it was on the night of November 7th 1861. He tells of how during the American civil war the soldiers, as they marched, liked to sing to the tune of the song John Brown's Body but adding their own words and then how Julia Ward Howe came to write the most fitting words to the song she loved and called The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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...