The Lord shall reign forever. Psalm 146:10
Words: William Billings (1746–1800).
Music: Chester (Billings), William Billings (🔊 pdf nwc).
This work, known as the
Battle Hymn of the [American] Revolution, is of interest because of its historical background:
[It] was almost as famous in its day as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at a later time. Everywhere, in church and home, by the children and the aged, these words were sung with passionate fervor. The soldiers knew them by heart, and to the sound of fife and drum they sang them as they advanced to meet the foe. This Battle Hymn contributed not a little to the winning of the Revolutionary War.
Smith, pp. 250–51
Let tyrants shake their iron rods,
And slavery clank her galling chains:
We see them not; we trust in God:
New England’s God forever reigns.