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The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated was written in 1901 by Mark Twain, as a parody of American imperialism, in the wake of the Philippine-American War. It is written in the same tune and cadence as the original Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic updated
by Mark Twain
Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger's wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps--
His night is marching on.
I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!"
We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;*
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!
In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom--and for others' goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich--
Our god is marching on.
* NOTE: In Manila the Government has placed a certain industry under the protection of our flag. (M.T.)
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|Reviewed by Jansen Estrup
|His humor was getting worn mighty thin by then (1901) but his pen still had a keen blade's edge. Many thanks for posting it. Never has it seemed more appropriate.|
|Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler
|Seems I'll never cease to be in awe of Twain's genius. I love his quotes. Thanks for sharing.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Excellent! Thanks for sharing! Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|I was able to see Hal Holbrook play Mark Twain in "An Evening With Mark Twain" when it played in Phoenix. Twain had an uncanny way of cutting through the BS of many things and his political satire has only been equaled by Will Rogers. Thanks for this, in case we forget...