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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1185. Under the Red Cross
 
By Chauncey Hickox
 
 
SHE came and went as comes and goes
  A fragrance in the morning air,
Where lay the shadowy shapes of those
      Who died in her sweet care.
 
Some doubted, when her face had flown,        5
  Whether it was or only seemed,—
Whether one saw what he had known
      Or something he had dreamed.
 
And near a trampled field at night
  Wan eyes, still following her afar,        10
Saw round that head a saintlier light
      Than came from moon or star.
 
The wreck, the roar, the murk, the glare
  Were nought to her; she simply knew
God’s broken images were there        15
      Where healing hands were few.
 

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