WAN-VISAGED Azrael, in a darkened room,"Their Victory Won" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Harper's Monthly Magazine (December 1918).
'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!
|December 1918 issue of Harper's|
In which appears, "Their Victory Won"