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The National Music of America. 257
effect as a marching song. Rev. Dr. James Freeman Clarke, who was of the party, noticed her enthusiasm, and said, " You ought to write new words to that." Mrs. Howe readily consented to the suggestion, and " Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord," was the result. There­fore the evolution of the chief Northern song of the war can be briefly summed up thus : — A Methodist camp-meeting song, sung in some of the coloured churches of the South, familiar in Charleston, and even made into a firemen's song in that city ; then a camp-song of rather ribald style, carried into fame by the Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment; then an abolition ode by Edna Dean Proctor; finally "The Battle-hymn of the Republic," by Julia Ward Howe.1
One may add to the above that it was the
1 To these we must add the mistaken theory of Ritter (" Music in America," p. 439), that the melody was taken from Foster's " Ellen Bayne " (misprinted " Boyne ") —a slight and accidental resemblance only.
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