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John Brown's Body

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  1. 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.”

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written to the tune of “John Brown's Body.”
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