Poetry of Kansas

The Unknown Soldier

Although unknown he was not alone,
    The night he passed away;
A mother touched his heart and lips
    While his guardian angel led his soul away
To the far off better land.
    Across the trackless plains
When all will meet again those
    Who are absent from home today.
He gave his life for Democracy
    To cement the hearts of men,
That all alike might share
    Full freedom in every land.
He fought beneath the stars and stripes
    For the country he loved so well;
In the Flanders Fields in France
    Our gallant hero f ell.
As a token of true friendship
    We beautify his grave
In the cemetery at Arlington
    Where the flowers gently wave.
We promise as we kneel beside him
    Beneath the elms quiet shade,
That his flag of yesterday
    We hold in ecstacy today.

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)
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