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Charlotte Alington Barnard: Peace Hovers


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war

Women writers on peace and war


Charlotte Alington Barnard (Claribel)

Peace Hovers

Peace hovers, like an angel, on the vast and mighty deep,
Far o’er the ocean reaches, lying all in silver sleep;
Peace nestles ‘midst the lovely fern, around the ivy-twine;
Peace dwelleth with the primroses that blossom in the chine.
She rests on every quiet cloud that saileth o’er the sky,
She breathes in every zephyr as it passes quickly by;
And when the hush of eventide has fallen on the sea,
I fain would think, I fain would hope, Christ whispers ‘Peace’ to me.


From Hope to the End

Hope ye when the heart’s best roses
Wither for the lack of rain,
And thy thirsty soul is empty, –
Hope ye for the shower again.

And, when on thy mid-day journey,
White-winged peace has flown afar,
Still, though all the night be cloudy,
Hope ye for the morning star.

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