ORDER OF EXERCISES
FIRST CHURCH, CHAUNCY PLACE,
ON THE CELEBRATION OF THE
ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY,
JUNE 3, 1861.
I. VOLUNTARY ON THE ORGAN.
II. NATIONAL HYMN.
Music Arranged by D. Paine
III. SELECTIONS FROM THE SCRIPTURES.
By A. Wallace Thaxter
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
[sung to the tune Old Hundred]
Oh Lord of Hosts! Almighty King!
Behold the sacrifice we bring!
To every arm Thy strength impart,
Thy spirit shed through every heart!
Wake in our breasts the living fires,
The holy faith that warmed our sires;
Thy hand hath made our Nation free;
To die for her is serving Thee.
Be Thou a pillared flame to show
The midnight snare, the silent foe;
And when the battle thunders loud,
Still guide us in its moving cloud.
God of all Nations! Sovereign Lord!
In Thy dread name we draw the sword,
We lift the starry flag on high
That fill with light our storm sky.
From treason's rent, from murder's stain
Guard Thou its folds till Peace shall reign,
Till fort and field, till shore and sea
Join our loud anthem, PRAISE TO THEE!
By Rev. S. K. Lothrop, D.D.
VIII. GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH.
Wright and Potter, Printers, 4 Spring Lane, cor. Devonshire St. Boston.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894, noted author, physician, college professor, translator and lecturer began publishing patriotic poetry in support of the Union shortly after the secession of South Carolina . His oldest son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the future Supreme Court Justice enlisted in the Army against his father's wishes in April 1861 and was injured three times in battle, including a gunshot wound in his chest at the Battle of Ball's Bluff in October 1861. See Blog for 1861 April 27 for Holmes' Under the Washington Elm
Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop, 1804-1886, was the noted pastor of the Unitarian Brattle Street Church in Boston from 1834-1876.
Barrett PS1959 b.A7 1861 v.1 no.1