Monday, May 31, 2010
here in peace...
"SINGERS AND SONGS OF THE LIBERAL FAITH: BEING SELECTIONS OF HYMNS AND OTHER SACRED POEMS OF THE LIBERAL CHURCH IN AMERICA,
BY ALFRED P. PUTNAM."
"MID the flower-wreathed tombs I stand,
Bearing lilies in my hand.
Comrades ! in what soldier-grave
Sleeps the bravest of the brave ?
Is it he who sank to rest
With his colors round his breast?
Friendship makes his tomb a shrine;
Garlands veil it; ask not mine.
One low grave, yon trees beneath,
Bears no roses, wears no wreath ;
Yet no heart more high and warm
Ever dared the battle-storm.
Never gleamed a prouder eye
In the front of victory;
Never foot had firmer tread
On the field where hope lay dead,
Than are hid within this tomb,
Where the untended grasses bloom ;
And no stone, with feigned distress,
Mocks the sacred loneliness.
Youth and beauty, dauntless will,
Dreams that life could ne'er fulfil,
Here lie buried, — here in peace
Wrongs and woes have found release.
Turning from my comrades' eyes,
Kneeling where a woman lies,
I strew lilies on the grave
Of the bravest of the brave.
Newport, R.I., Decoration Day, 1873."
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