The Battle Hymn of the Republic, also known as ‘Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory‘ links the judgment of the wicked at the end of the age (Old Testament, Isaiah 63; New Testament, Rev. 19) with the American Civil War.
The Glory, Hallelujah tune was a folk hymn in the southern United States and first documented in the early 1800’s and has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.
Ancient athletes competed as individuals which was related to the Greek ideal of excellence, called arete. Aristocratic men who attained this ideal, through their outstanding words or deeds, won permanent Glory and fame. Those who failed feared public shame and disgrace.
When the Persian military officer Tigranes heard that the prize was not money but a crown of olive, he could not hold his peace, but cried, ‘Good heavens, what kind of men are these that you have pitted us against? It is not for money they contend but for Glory of achievement!’