Wednesday, June 7, 2017


HEROES with eloquent flags unfurled
     Have trumpeted loudly their just elation,
But the voice that hath sunk to the heart of the world
     Is the voice of renunciation.

It nothing vaunts, nor with idle sound
     Perplexes the currents of human feeling,
But speaks with the accent and note profound
     Of deep unto deep appealing.

And Earth—who worships her victims slain—
     To faith's redeeming doth first awaken,
Recalling who, giving themselves in vain,
     Seemed, even in death, forsaken!
"Victi Resurgunt" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Harper's Bazar (7 June 1890), Poems (1898) and Poems (1916) Volume II.

From Wikisource: ["Victi Resurgunt" (Latin)] "translates as '[those who] had been defeated, are rising again'. It is a partial quotation from Ovid's Amores 1.9.29–30 : 'Victi resurgunt, quosque neges umquam posse iacere, cadunt.' (and the conquered rise again, / And those whom you say never could be brought down, fall.)"

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