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Shiloh: A Requiem

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A Requiem

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
   The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days,
   The forest-field of Shiloh—
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched ones stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
   Around the church of Shiloh—
The church so lone, the log-built one,
That echoed to many a parting groan
      And natural prayer
   Of dying foemen mingled there—
Foemen at morn, but friends at eve—
   Fame or country least their care:
(What like a bullet can undeceive!)
   But now they lie low,
While over them the swallows skim,
   And all is hushed at Shiloh.

Herman Melville – 1862

With compliments,


The Portent

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 11.04.12 AMHanging from the beam,

Slowly swaying (such the law),


Gaunt the shadow on your green,




The cut is on the crown


      (Lo, John Brown),


And the stabs shall heal no more.


Hidden in the cap


      Is the anguish none can draw;


So your future veils its face,




But the streaming beard is shown


      (Weird John Brown),


The meteor of the war.


– Herman Melville, 1859


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