The Great War

from More Songs By the Fighting Men, an electronic edition


I MAY not wait to hear

What says the wind that sweeps across the lea,

And yet I know it speaks, and in its voice

There is some word to make my heart rejoice.

Some message speeding on eternally

That God has not made clear!

I may not wait to find

The secret of the seething sea that flows

Nor ever rests; yet must there be some plan

Above the most exalted thought of man.

Some destiny that none but Heaven knows.

And Heaven keeps me blind!

I may not wait to know

The secret of the towering mountain height

That makes my little self so small and frail

And bids me rest awhile behind the veil,

Because so far beyond it shines the light

And God would have it so!

I may not wait; I see

The hosts of Righteousness go forth to slay

The armies of a people that would turn

From all that makes man's nobler soul to burn.

And yet I feel as now I take my way

My Immortality!