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                    Mark Twain (1835-1910)

                Battle Hymn of the Republic
                        (Brought Down to Date)

First Line:   Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;

The author's footnote to the poem deals with a "certain industry" that is
claimed to be under governmental protection. This was addressed in the
January 20, 1901, New York Times with the printing of a telegram from
General MacArthur: "Houses of prostitution are not licensed, protected, or
encouraged" by the United States Military in the Philipines. The allegation
had been subject of debate in the U.S. Senate.

Estimated to have been written in 1901, Twain's revision of Julia Ward
Howe's classic was not published until 1958. As such, it is still protected by
copyright and should not be printed out or stored in any permanent form
without permission of the copyright holder. It can be found in:

  • Scott, Arthur L. On the Poetry of Mark Twain with Selections from His
    . Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1966.
  • Twain, Mark. Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, &
    Essays 1891-1910
    .Louis J. Budd, ed. New York: The Library of America,

    Writing under the pen name Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens's
    best known works include: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The Kennedy Center's
    "Prize for American Humor" is named in his honor.