“What Gives the Wheat Fields Blades of Steel?”


"What gives the wheatfields blades of steel? What points the rebel cannon?... What breaks the oath Of the men of the south?... Hark to the answer: Slavery." The evils of slavery, and the poison and treason it causes, are described in detail

Cross references

  • cf. "A Mighty Fortress" (tune)


  1. Scott-BoA, pp. 236-237, "What Gives the Wheat Fields Blades of Steel?" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, SBoA236


Author: Words: John Greenleaf Whittier / Music: Martin Luther
Earliest date: 1862