Their Victory Won

Their Victory Won
by Florence Earle Coates

As rendered in Harper's Magazine (Dec 1918):

Their Victory Won


WAN-VISAGED Azrael, in a darkened room,
'Mid stifled sobs and pleadings full of fear,
   I first was made to know thy presence drear;
And I supposed thee dweller of a tomb
Where quickly fade all fairest things that bloom:
   All loves, ambitions, dreams, that men hold dear.
   But now, O Death, beholding thee more near,
How changed thy look! how glorified thy gloom!

In the wide Open, 'neath a summer sky,
Bending above thy chosen, where they lie
   Upon the hard-won fields of Victory,
This have they taught me—these so young, so brave,
Who smiling gave their all, the world to save—
   Life is not lovelier than death may be!

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