Poetry of Kansas

William Tecumseh Sherman.

SHERMAN, if Homer lived to sing again,
  Not Troy's princes nor kings of Hellenes,
  Nor wily Grecians hid in Trojan trees___
Phantoms of dateless war from Homer's brain,
And Beauty's fools unworth his mighty strain___
  But thinking swords that clashed philosophies,
  Cannons that thundered th' Infinite's decrees,
And Duty holding death in proud disdain,
  Would Homer sing___with noblest voice, your host,
Of all the startled world the cynosure
  When to its whispered word, "Which cause is lost?"
The waves replied as finished at the shore
  Freedom's romance; lacking his song sublime,
  Still you and they defy the wrack of time.

__A. A. B. Cavaness.


Poems by Two Brothers
A. A. B. Cavaness & J. M. Cavaness
(Chetopa: J. M. Cavaness and Son. 1896)
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