So shall our heroes peaceful sleep
While love and honor, flowers and stars,
Through centuries their vigils keep,
Till love and honor banish wars.
UNDER the opened gates of paradise
Now swings the world, and thro' the soundless seas
The wind-swept heaven drops upon the trees
The perfumes of celestial sacrifice;
O leaves and flowers__sweetest mysteries__
Thrilling our souls with voiceless madrigals,
Are ye not ciphers writ on Nature's walls,
The organ notes of future symphonies ?
Prophet blossoms! Earth's winter has been long,
Eons of years, O emerald, preaching leaves,
Snow-banks of human hearts, glaciers of wrong!
But lo! it comes, the sun that all retrieves,
The ages' glass, the miracle of spring
Doth shadow Time's majestic blossoming.