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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
117. “As in the Midst of Battle There Is Room”
 
By George Santayana
 
 
AS in the midst of battle there is room
  For thoughts of love, and in foul sin for mirth;
  As gossips whisper of a trinket’s worth
Spied by the death-bed’s flickering candle-gloom;
As in the crevices of Cæsar’s tomb        5
  The sweet herbs flourish on a little earth:
  So in this great disaster of our birth
We can be happy, and forget our doom.
 
For morning, with a ray of tenderest joy
  Gilding the iron heaven, hides the truth,        10
And evening gently woos us to employ
  Our grief in idle catches. Such is youth;
Till from that summer’s trance we wake, to find
Despair before us, vanity behind.
 

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