THE MANY-MANSIONED HOUSE
AND OTHER POEMS


By
EDWARD WILLIAM THOMSON




 

THE WHEATFIELD AT GETTYSBURG



THESE famous acres bear a mystic wheat
That waits the Reaper’s scythe
Alike in Summer shine and Winter sleet
And when the May is blithe.

Here phantom squirrels fenceward haste with grains

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Of gleeful-taken toll
From waist-high stalks that hide meandering lanes
Of phantom mouse and mole.

Forever twittering wheat to nesting mate
A spirit oriole cries,

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And ghostly bands of plundering crows elate
Caw beneath long-past skies.

In vain did Valor’s fiery onset tread
The actual straw to dust,
And steep the living grain in pulsing red

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From bullet and from thrust.

The Field stands wealthy with immortal wheat
Man never reaped for bread,
Touched by funereal zephyrs passing sweet
Where lay The Nameless Dead.

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Imperishably set as Round Top’s stones
The wheat forever waves
Peaceful as Gettysburg’s white steeple drones
Over the host of graves. [Page 133]