Richard Realf

(1834-1878 / the United States)

Richard Realf Poems

1. An Epitaph 9/17/2010
2. An Old Man's Idyll 9/17/2010
3. Apocalypse 9/17/2010
4. De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum. 9/17/2010
5. Indirection 9/17/2010
6. Interpretation 9/17/2010
7. My Slain 9/17/2010
8. My Sword Song 9/17/2010
9. Patience 9/17/2010
10. The Word 9/17/2010

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My Sword Song

Day in, day out, through the long campaign,
I march in my place in the ranks;
And whether it shine or whether It rain
My good sword cheerily clanks;
It clanks and clangs in a lordly way,
Like the ring of an armed heel:
And this is the song which day by day
It sings with its lips of steel:

“Oh, friend from whom, a hundred times,
I have felt the steadfast grip
Of the all-renouncing love that climbs
The heights of fellowship,
Are you tired with treading the weary miles,
Are you faint with your bleeding limbs?
Do you hunger back for the olden ...

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