The Great War

from A Calendar of Verse, an electronic edition

The Vision of Peace

O, beautiful Vision of Peace,

Beam bright in the eyes of Man!

The host of the meek shall increase,

The Prophets are leading the van.

Have courage: we see the Morn!

Never fear, tho' the Now be dark!

Out of Night the Day is born;

The Fire shall live from the spark.

It may take a thousand years

Ere the Era of Peace hold sway,

Look back and the Progress cheers

And a thousand years are a day!

The World grows -- yet not by chance;

It follows some marvelous plan;

Tho' slow to our wish the advance,

God rules the training of Man.