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“Glory, Hallelujah” Sheet Music

@ National Museum of American History

Howe, Julia Ward Steffe, William


This sheet music is for the song “Glory, Hallelujah” published by the Oliver Ditson Company in 1861. The cover calls it “The popular refrain of Glory Hallelujah,” otherwise known as the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and the tune had many lyrics written to it during the Civil War. The lyrics of this song read, “John Brown’s body lies a mould’ring in the grave” as well as verses about pet lambs, hanging Jefferson Davis, and being a soldier in the Army of the Lord. The cover notes that the sung was “sung by the Federal Volunteers throughout the Union.”Currently not on view

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National Museum of American History

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Smithsonian Institution