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Emma Catherine Embury: Proud soldier turns from scenes of war

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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

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Emma Catherine Embury (Ianthe)
From Guido: A Tale

Why does my song thus linger? The dark day
Of strife was gone, and peace resumed her sway.
E en as the prophet’s wand could once unlock
The hidden waters of the riftless rock,
So thou, sweet Peace, from iron hearts can bring
Th unwonted freshness of affection’s spring;
Till spurns the haughty chief his plumed crest,
And clasps his smiling infant to his breast,
While the proud soldier turns from scenes of war,
Rejoiced to worship beauty’s gentler star.

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