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354. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

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1 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 has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword.
God’s truth is marching on.

Refrain:
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
God’s truth is marching on.

2 God has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
and is sifting out all human hearts before the judgment seat;
O be swift, my soul, to answer; O be jubilant my feet!
Our God is marching on. [Refrain]

3 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 us holy, let us live to make all free,
while God is marching on. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
Title: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
Author: Julia W. Howe (1861, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 15.15.15.6 with refrain
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christ's Return and Judgment; Jesus Christ: Advent; A New Heaven and a New Earth
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glory, glory hallelujah!
Tune Information
Name: BATTLE HYMN
Meter: 15.15.15.6 with refrain
Key: B♭ Major
Source: American melody, 19th cent.


Text Information:

Though its biblical roots are often overlooked, this text incorporates many apocalyptic images such as the coming of the Lord in glory (Matthew 24:30/Mark 13:26/Luke 21:27), the winepress (Isaiah 63:3; Revelation 14:19, 19:15), and the sharp sword (Isaiah 27:1; Revelation 19:15).


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