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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
William Vaughn Moody. 1869–1910
 
40. On a Soldier Fallen in the Philippines
 
          STREETS of the roaring town, 
          Hush for him; hush, be still! 
          He comes, who was stricken down 
          Doing the word of our will. 
          Hush! Let him have his state.         5
          Give him his soldier's crown, 
          The grists of trade can wait 
          Their grinding at the mill. 
But he cannot wait for his honor, now the trumpet has been blown. 
Wreathe pride now for his granite brow, lay love on his breast of stone.  10
  
          Toll! Let the great bells toll 
          Till the clashing air is dim, 
          Did we wrong this parted soul? 
          We will make it up to him. 
          Toll! Let him never guess  15
          What work we sent him to. 
          Laurel, laurel, yes. 
          He did what we bade him do. 
Praise, and never a whispered hint but the fight he fought was good; 
Never a word that the blood on his sword was his country's own heart's-blood.  20
  
          A flag for a soldier's bier 
          Who dies that his land may live; 
          O banners, banners here, 
          That he doubt not nor misgive! 
          That he heed not from the tomb  25
          The evil days draw near 
          When the nation robed in gloom 
          With its faithless past shall strive. 
Let him never dream that his bullet's scream went wide of its island mark, 
Home to the heart of his darling land where she stumbled and sinned in the dark.  30
 
 
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