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Battle Hymn of Odin
Tune: "Battle Hymn of the Republic" Midi (14 KB)
Sheet music page 1, page 2      Alternate Midi (1 KB)

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the turning of the tide
He is crossing now from Asgard where the great and good abide
He leads across the Rainbow Bridge, the Host with us allied
The truth is coming home.

Glory Glory call across the Northern Skies!
Glory Glory call across the Northern Skies!
Glory Glory call across the Northern Skies!
The truth is coming home.

I have seen him hidden in the eyes of Folk without a plan
We have built Him an altar in the mind of modern Man
I feel His powerful presence 'mongst the Aesir and the Van
His nation marches on.

I have read a fiery saga writ in burnished rows of steel,
"As you deal with Heimdall´s Children, so with you Forseti deals."
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush dishonour with his heel,
Wotan marches on.

Heimdall sounds forth the horn that shall never call retreat,
Odin sifts out the Einheriar before His judgment-seat.
Stand firm, our souls, to answer Him, let there be no deceit!
Alfather stands with us.

In the beauty of the forest Odin hung upon the Tree,
Pierced by a spear and racked with thirst he calls to you and me.
As He hanged to become Holy, so we strive to become free,
The Gods are marching on!

© Ish

William Steffe wrote a camp-meeting song with the traditional "Glory Hallelujah" refrain, in about 1856.
It opened with "Say, brothers, will you meet us / on Canaan's happy shore?" The tune became widely known.

Early in the American Civil War, this tune was used to create the Union army marching song "John Brown's Body",
which begins with the lyrics "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, but his soul goes marching on."

In 1861, Julia Ward Howe, having heard this version, used the tune as the basis of her new verse, later known as The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Sheet music & alternate midi © and used with permission of William Wallace, North Carolina Free-Scores.com


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