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First Line: The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Last Line: Then, silent, unseen--goes down.
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Variant Title(s): The Greatest Battle That Ever Was Fought
Subject(s): Religion; War; Theology

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.

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