THE BLUE AND THE GREY.
By Helen Chuse. Good Housekeeping. May 28, 1887. pp. 33-34.
Peace within all our fair borders!
Shoulder to shoulder, to-day,
Grounded their arms—sheathed their sabres--
Stand they—the Blue and the Grey;
Queenly Magnolias—the pride of
The golden, the glorious South,
And daisies—brave flowers of the Northland--
Their bloom at the tombs gloomy mouth,
Is mingled by hands, that, forgetting
Past triumphs, past wrongs, past defeat--
Strew laurel alike on each hillock,
And the fair work of Peace, thus complete.
Hushed is the terrible singing
Of furious bullet and shell;
Grass-grown the fields of encounter--
Clear, wanders the stream through the dell
Once mingled with warm tides of crimson;
The oriole flashes above
The copses once vocal with anguish
The bluebird his message of love
Trills forth from a rust-girdled cannon;
O hideous, merciless war--
Thus Nature would ever expunge thee!
Humanity, seal thy grim door!
Peace throughout all our fair borders!
Gallant commander in grey,
Over a heart from New England,
Wreathing the laurel to-day;
The Blue and the gold of the victors,
Flashing out from among the green fronds
Of regal palmettos—encircling
With loving and reverent bonds
The graves of their fair, fallen heroes;
O dauntless, incincible North,
And valorous, glorious Sunland--
Life and light, from they union, come forth!
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