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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1502. Armistice
 
By Sophie Jewett (“Ellen Burroughs”)
 
 
THE WATER sings along our keel,
  The wind falls to a whispering breath;
I look into your eyes and feel
  No fear of life or death;
So near is love, so far away        5
The losing strife of yesterday.
 
We watch the swallow skim and dip;
  Some magic bids the world be still;
Life stands with finger upon lip;
  Love hath his gentle will;        10
Though hearts have bled, and tears have burned,
The river floweth unconcerned.
 
We pray the fickle flag of truce
  Still float deceitfully and fair;
Our eyes must love its sweet abuse;        15
  This hour we will not care,
Though just beyond to-morrow’s gate,
Arrayed and strong, the battle wait.
 

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