In The Battle Silences: Poems Written At The Front

by Frederick George Scott


 

A GRAVE IN FLANDERS


 

ALL night the tall trees over-head
    Are whispering to the stars;
Their roots are wrapped about the dead
    And hide the hideous scars.

The tide of war goes rolling by,

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    The legions sweep along;
And daily in the summer sky
    The birds will sing their song.

No place is this for human tears,
    The time for tears is done;

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Transfigured in these awful years,
    The two worlds blend in one.

This boy had visions while in life
    Of stars on distant skies;
So death came in the midst of strife

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    A sudden, glad surprise.

He found the songs for which he yearned,
    Hopes that had mocked desire;
His heart is resting now which burned
    With such consuming fire.

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So down the ringing road we pass,
    And leave him where he fell,
The guardian trees, the waving grass,
    The birds will love him well.