Christ has put on human nature

Ann Barton

Lubbock, Texas, United States

He has risen and in spirit. He has come to live in me

Ana Lara

United States

Although this Civil War hymn gave Mrs. Howe her first national acclaim (please see the original verses from Steve Miller’s post), she was also known for other publications, including three volumes of poetry-“ Passion Flowers” 1854; “Words of the Hour, ” 1856; and “Later Lyrics” 1866. Julia Howe was also a mother of four children, all of whom became successful in the fields of science and literature. She continued her active life in causes for human betterment until she died in Newport Rhode Island, on October 17, 1910, at the age of 91.

It is recorded that this hymn was sung at a large patriotic rally which President Abraham Lincoln attended. After the singer had finished, the audiences responded by a long series of applauses. Lincoln overcome by emotion with tears in his eyes, cried out, “Sing it again, ” it was sung again as was requested. It later became one of the nation’s most popular hymns finding its way to almost every American hymnal. Its original purpose of serving as a battle song for the North during the Civil War was soon forgotten.

Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

This hymn is based on the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" written by Julia Ward Howe during the American Civil War.

"Deeply anguished at the growing conflict between the 2 sections of the country, Mrs. Howe often watched troops marching off to combat singing "John's Brown's Body", a song about a man who had been hanged in his efforts to free the slaves. Julia felt strongly that this catchy camp meeting tune should be sung with better words.

One day, as a parade of soldiers passed by singing this song, a visiting friend turned to Mrs. Howe - "Julia, why don't you write some decent words for that tune?"

The new words came to her that same night.

"I awoke in the gray of the morning, and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to entwine themselves in my mind, and I said to myself, 'I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep and forget them. '

The text first appeared in the 'Atlantic Monthly Magazine' in 1862 as a battle song for the republic. Soon, however, the entire nation was united in singing these new words rather than the derisive phrases in "John's Brown's Body."

On one occasion at a large patriotic rally President Lincoln heard the hymn sung. As the audience responded with loud applause, the President, with tears in his eyes, cried out - "Sing it again." - 52 Hymn Stories Dramatized by Kenneth W. Osbeck


Here are the lyrics:

1. Mine eyes hath seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;

His truth is marching on.


Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.


2. I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps

They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;

I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;

His day is marching on.


3. I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;

"As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal";

Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,

Since God is marching on.


4. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;

Our God is marching on.


5. 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 men holy, let us die to make men free;

While God is marching on.


6. He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,

He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;

So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,

Our God is marching on.

Roxanne Webber

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

This song is so full of energy!! I love the way it represents our vetrans and militia and how they fight. It is a great fight for freedom, and this song represents it fully!! This is such a wonderful piece!! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!!

James Shau

Cupertino, CA, United States

Hallelujah for Christ is now my life!

With the recent speaking on the new man since last fall, I felt it maybe quite fitting to add a stanza 2 to this hymn:

2 Put off the old man with his lusts

and practices of deceit # Col. 3:9; Eph. 4:22; cf. Gal. 5:24

Put on the new man practicing

living the reality # Eph. 4:24

Calling on the name, Oh the sweetest,

and praying and singing

That we are living Christ!


Vict’ry! vict’ry! Hallelujah!

Vict’ry! vict’ry! Hallelujah!

Vict’ry! vict’ry! Hallelujah!

For Christ is *all in* all! # Col. 3:11


Because of the speaking on the new man in 2017 ITERO Leipzig, I had the feeling to pray read the verses on putting on the new man this morning. It turned out I was touched more by the verses above on putting off the old man (Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:9) and the related verses (Rom . 8:13; Gal. 5:24; Col. 3:5) especially with the practices of the old man / of the body. Putting off = put to death = crucify; by the Spirit ie. by turning to the spirit and enjoying the Spirit. Oh, we need the practices of the new man, replacing the practices of the old man! In addition to practices, also the passions and lusts of the flesh, which actually are “of the deceits” (Eph. 4:22). It is the enemy’s lies that we want this and that (lust for something not necessary sinful things but “all things practiced by our body apart from the Spirit” (Rom. 8:13 note 3 ) ), e. g. to relax to “wind down” by things apart from the Spirit.


Stanza 2 is to apply the accomplished fact of Christ in stanza 1 in our living through our exercise that His victory becomes our corporate victory and His riches/spoils become our all in experience. Such corporate God-man living, the reality of the Body of Christ, will fulfill God's eternal purpose and consummate the age (Matt. 24:14; 28:20).

Wendy :) Risso

United States

Yes mingling IS the way!!!

rExen catalan


Mingle, mingle, Hallelujah. 3x

Yes, mingling is the way.

Joseph Eddings

Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

Glory Glory hallelujah! Glory Glory hallelujah! For Christ is now my life!

Jason Au

Toronto, ON, Canada

There's so much emotion involved. It's full of life and spirit.

We need to realize that if the Triune God had not been processed, He could not have an expression on this earth. About two thousand years ago, the Triune God became flesh (John 1:14). Hymns, #1017 says, "Christ has put on human nature and become a man like me,/He has died upon the cross that I from Adam might be free,/He has risen and as Spirit He has come to live in me/That He might be my life." After Christ comes into us as life, He begins to spread in us for His expression. Glory is God expressed.