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May 14, 2017, 10:00 AM

The Bravest Battle


"The bravest battle that ever was fought,
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not.
It is fought by the mothers of men.

"Nay, not with cannon or battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen,
Nay, not with eloquent words of thought
From the mouths of wonderful men!

"But deep in the walled-up woman's heart,
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part,
Lo, there is that battle-field!

"No marshaling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave,
But, oh, these battles, they last so long,
From babyhood to the grave.

"Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town,
Fights on an on in endless wars,
Then, silent, unseen, goes down!

"Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise!
I tell you the kingliest battles fought,
Were fought in those silent ways.

"O spotless mothers in a world of shame,
With splendid and silent scorn,
Go back to God as pure as you came,
The kingliest warrior born!"

Joaquin Miller


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