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John Brown's Body

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a long narrative poem (1928) by Stephen Vincent Benét, about the U.S. Civil War.

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“John Brown's Body”

A song of the Civil War that pays tribute to the abolitionist John Brown (see abolitionism). It begins, “John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave.”

notes for “John Brown's Body”

The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written to the tune of “John Brown's Body.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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