Poetry of Kansas

Two Conflicts

Have you heard the din of battle ?
          Heard the scream of shot and shell-
Sabre clash and musket rattle,
          In their work of death and hell?
Have you heard the bugle calling
          Bold advance and brave retreat,
With a thousand heroes falling,
          Some in victory, some defeat?
War is hell! O haste the morning
          Of the day when it will cease!
War is hell! All haste the dawning
          Of the day of lasting peace!
Yet, within the soul's deep center,
          Oft when peace reigns o'er the land,
Graver, fiercer conflicts enter
          Than those waged by warlike band.

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman


Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Page 268

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