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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1652. War
 
By Grace Ellery Channing-Stetson
 
 
THE GREAT Republic goes to war,
  But spring still comes as spring has done,
  And all the summer months will run
Their summer sequence as before;
  And every bird will build its nest,        5
  The sun sink daily in the west,
    And rising eastward bring new day
    In the old way.
But ah, those dawns will have a light,
Those western skies burn golden bright,        10
  With what a note the birds will sing,
  And winter’s self be turned to spring
    Than any springtime sweeter far,
  When once again, calm entering,
    The great Republic comes from war!        15
 

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