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“Glory, Hallelujah” Sheet Music

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)
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.”
Location
Currently not on view
lyricist
Howe, Julia Ward
composer
Steffe, William
publisher
Oliver Ditson & Co.
Date made
1861
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 7/8 in x 10 5/8 in; 35.2425 cm x 26.9875 cm
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
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Sheet Music
ID Number
1983.0235.03
accession number
1983.0235
catalog number
1983.0235.03
subject
Music
Civil War
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Christianity
Anti-Slavery
Methodism
related event
Civil War
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston