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“Let Us Live to Make Men Free”

President Reagan’s casket was carried into the U.S. Capitol tonight to an appropriate song. The band played “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The 5th verse of that hymn carries a charge to its hearers that Reagan kept all his political life:

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:

As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;

[originally …let us die to make men free]

While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

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