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, multireligiousCeylon 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.