Poetry of Kansas

Manilla Bay

The bells were ringing, peal on peal,
      And the flags were flying free;
And the hot-lipped guns boomed loud and deep
      For the victory over the sea:
          Over the sea in Manilla bay,
          Where the Spanish fleet went down.
 
The Sabbath air was hot and thick,
      And pierced by shot and shell;
And the cannon's roar, and the dying shriek
      Were the counter part of hell:
          Over the sea in Manilla bay,
          Where the Spanish fleet went down.
 
We knelt in prayer that Sabbath morn,
      And we prayed to the God of love:
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
      On earth, as it is above,"
          While over the sea, in Manilla bay,
          The Spanish fleet went down.

__Gertrude Crumb Harman

 

Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Page 345

 
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