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  • The Bravest Battle

    From the New York Tribune, May 10, 1913.
     By Joaquin Miller.
     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 was fought by the mothers of men.
     Nay, not with cannon or battle shot
         With sword or nobler pen
     Nay, not with eloquent word or thought
         From mouths of wonderful men.
     But deep in a walled-up woman’s heart—
         Of woman that would not yield
     But patiently, silently bore her part—
         Lo! there in that battlefield
     No marshaling troop, no bivouac song
         No banner to gleam and wave;
     And 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 and on in the endless wars
         Then silent, unseen—goes down.