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.
III. War
“When this cruel war is over”
        DEAREST love, do you remember
          When we last did meet,
        How you told me that you loved me
          Kneeling at my feet?
        Oh, how proud you stood before me        5
          In your suit of blue,
        When you vowed to me and country
          Ever to be true.
Chorus.—Weeping, sad and lonely,
          Hopes and fears, how vain;        10
          Yet praying
          When this cruel war is over,
          Praying that we meet again.
        When the summer breeze is sighing
          Mournfully along,        15
        Or when autumn leaves are falling,
          Sadly breathes the song.
        Oft in dreams I see thee lying
          On the battle plain,
        Lonely, wounded, even dying,        20
          Calling, but in vain.
Chorus.—Weeping, sad, etc.
        If, amid the din of battle,
          Nobly you should fall,
        Far away from those who love you,
          None to hear you call,        25
        Who would whisper words of comfort?
          Who would soothe your pain?
        Ah, the many cruel fancies
          Ever in my brain!
Chorus.—Weeping, sad, etc.
        But our country called you, darling,        30
          Angels cheer your way!
        While our nation’s sons are fighting,
          We can only pray.
        Nobly strike for God and country,
          Let all nations see        35
        How we love the starry banner,
          Emblem of the free.
Chorus.—Weeping, sad and lonely,
          Hopes and fears, how vain;
          Yet praying        40
          When this cruel war is over,
          Praying that we meet again.
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