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SONG BEFORE SORROW, by            
First Line: I can be brave when dim cathedral bells
Last Line: Resound the brazen note of bugle calls.
Subject(s): Faith; Public Worship; Belief; Creed; Church Attendance


I can be brave when dim cathedral bells
Invite the soul to peace in morning song;
The quietude of men at prayer impels
A deeper faith in those who would be strong.
And there is calm for every frightened heart
In spring's consistent flowering. Courage steers
A starlit course eternally set apart,
Fixed and unchanging through uncounted years.
I can be brave -- until the echo comes
Of marching hordes and triumphs dearly bought;
(Lost races whisper through the throbbing drums
The reddened secret history has taught) --
While raucous voices raised in flag-draped halls
Resound the brazen note of bugle calls.





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