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Frances Ellen Harper Watkins: Grant that peace and joy and gladness may like holy angels tread

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American writers on peace and against war

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Selections on peace and war

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Frances Ellen Harper Watkins
From Maceo

Men to stay the floods of sorrow
Sweeping round each war-crushed heart;
Men to say to strife and carnage –
From our world henceforth depart.

God of peace and God of nations,
Haste! oh, haste the glorious day
When the reign of our Redeemer
O’er the world shall have its sway.

When the swords now blood encrusted,
Spears that reap the battle field,
Shall be changed to higher service,
Helping earth rich harvests yield.

Where the widow weeps in anguish,
And the orphan bows his head,
Grant that peace and joy and gladness
May like holy angels tread.

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