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The Peacemaker

Memorial Day 2004 I

Upon his will he binds a radiant chain,
   For Freedomís sake he is no longer free.
   It is his task, the slave of Liberty,
With his own blood to wipe away a stain.
That pain may cease, he yields his flesh to pain.
   To banish war, he must a warrior be.
   He dwells in Night, eternal Dawn to see,
And gladly dies, abundant life to gain.

What matters Death, if Freedom be not dead?
   No flags are fair, if Freedom's flag be furled.
Who fights for Freedom, goes with joyful tread
   To meet the fires of Hell against him hurled,
And has for captain Him whose thorn-wreathed head
   Smiles from the Cross upon a conquered world.

Sgt. Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Joyce Kilmer: Poems, Letters and Essays; Volume One: Memoir and Poems (1918), p. 108.

Kilmer, author of the famous poem Trees, was killed in action in France, July 30, 1918. He wrote "The Peacemaker", his last poem, June 14, 1918.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 05/31/04 11:31:54 AM
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