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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Chant of the Shroud Maker
By Marian Ramié
 
“We shall need also shrouds”

OTHERS work for the living—
Be mine to work for the dead.
Afar there rages the battle loud;
With tender hands I fashion a shroud
For the clay when the soul has fled.        5
 
    Soldier, stranger, friend,
    Man I shall never see,
    Loving, I weave a winding sheet
    For one who has died for me.
 
Triply the sheet be folded        10
For the Blessed Trinity;
And on his bosom his folded hands
Unwanted now for life’s demands,
And the scarlet cross shall be.
 
    Soldier, brother, friend,        15
    Face I shall never see,
    Loving, I weave a winding sheet
    For one who has died for me.
 
Cover the clay deserted
Now that the life has sped.        20
Prayers, blessings and grateful tears
Follow his memory through the years:
Peace to the honored dead.
 
    Soldier, brother, friend,
    Man I shall never see;        25
    Loving, I weave a winding sheet
    For one who has died for me.
 
 
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