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164           SONGS OF WAR AND PEACE
And peace—lie Blue and Gray; The saddened sun sinks red adown
The western sky, and, lo! The lightnings flash, to Love that lost,
Another crash of woe.
By blazing homes, through forests torn,
And blackened harvest-fields, The grim and drunken god of war
In frenzied fury reels.
His breath—the sulph'rous stench of guns—
That death and famine deals, And Pity, pleading, wounded, falls
Beneath his steel-shod heels.
High flies the flag of freedom, by Columbia unfurled,
And gracefully 'tis draping in the breezes of the world;
Bright shines the gleaming galaxy of interlink­ing stars,