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Comments for this piece:
From Keri Toponce: I am in love with this song. The spirit of patriotism shines through with absolutely gorgeous piano accompaniment . Truly an inspired arrangement!
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From Dianne: this is beautiful!!! I LOVE both of these and it made me cry! I really love arrangements that slow down for "in the beauty of the lilies". hopefully our choir can sing this for our ward conference coming up in March
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Song background:

I wrote this last year for our ward choir to sing for Independence Day.  Both of the hymns, “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”  have roots in deep patriotism and American independence while acknowledging the critical role that God plays in preserving and defending our nation when we keep his laws and obey his words. 

In the midst of the terrible civil war between the Northern and Southern states, a tune was sung by the Northern troops. Julia Ward Howe (the author of the ‘Battle Hymn’) shared the sentiment with several U.S. generals that it needed more uplifting lyrics than the satirical and depressing ones that were sung by the soldiers on their way to battle.  On November 18, 1861, Howe awoke with the words of the song in her mind.  Even in almost complete darkness, she says that she “scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper".  This hymn's words link patriotic heroism with the heroism of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

'God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand’ was originally written in 1876 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence.  “[God of Our Fathers] offers us a chance to express our patriotic feelings in the form of a hymn. In its stirring phrases we praise the majesty of God and ask him to continue to guide our nation and protect its destiny in the future. We place our faith in God rather than in military might alone.”  (Our Latter-Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages, pg. 78)

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