Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VIII. National Spirit
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
IV. Peace
Ode to Peace
William Tennant (1784–1848)
DAUGHTER of God! that sitt’st on high
Amid the dances of the sky,
And guidest with thy gentle sway
The planets on their tuneful way;
  Sweet Peace! shall ne’er again        5
The smile of thy most holy face,
From thine ethereal dwelling-place,
Rejoice the wretched, weary race
  Of discord-breathing men?
Too long, O gladness-giving Queen!        10
Thy tarrying in heaven has been;
Too long o’er this fair blooming world
The flag of blood has been unfurled,
  Polluting God’s pure day;
Whilst, as each maddening people reels,        15
War onward drives his scythèd wheels,
And at his horses’ bloody heels
  Shriek Murder and Dismay.
Oft have I wept to hear the cry
Of widow wailing bitterly;        20
To see the parent’s silent tear
For children fallen beneath the spear;
  And I have felt so sore
The sense of human guilt and woe,
That I, in Virtue’s passioned glow,        25
Have cursed (my soul was wounded so)
  The shape of man I bore!
Then come from thy serene abode,
Thou gladness-giving child of God!
And cease the world’s ensanguined strife,        30
And reconcile my soul to life;
  For much I long to see,
Ere I shall to the grave descend,
Thy hand its blessèd branch extend,
And to the world’s remotest end        35
  Wave Love and Harmony!

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