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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
31. Russia—America
 
By John Galsworthy
 
 
A WIND in the world! The dark departs;
The chains now rust that crushed men’s flesh and bones,
Feet tread no more the mildewed prison stones,
And slavery is lifted from your hearts.
 
A wind in the world! O Company        5
Of darkened Russia, watching long in vain,
Now shall you see the cloud of Russia’s pain
Go shrinking out across a summer sky.
 
A wind in the world! Our God shall be
In all the future left, no kingly doll        10
Decked out with dreadful sceptre, steel, and stole,
But walk the earth—a man, in Charity.
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A wind in the world! And doubts are blown
To dust along, and the old stars come forth—
Stars of a creed to Pilgrim Fathers worth        15
A field of broken spears and flowers strown.
 
A wind in the world! Now truancy
From the true self is ended; to her part
Steadfast again she moves, and from her heart
A great America cries: Death to Tyranny!        20
 
A wind in the world! And we have come
Together, sea by sea; in all the lands
Vision doth move at last, and Freedom stands
With brightened wings, and smiles and beckons home!
 

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