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PEACE PICTURES, by            
First Line: In a dear old - fashioned parlor
Last Line: Then -- how beautiful is peace.
Subject(s): Peace

In a dear old-fashioned parlor
Lighted by the firelight glow,
Sitting side by side, a couple,
Both with hair as white as snow.
They have shared both joy and sorrow,
Both, of life have drunk their fill;
Peace is written on their faces
For she is his sweetheart still.

The scene is changed. We see a mother
Bending o'er a little bed.
We can guess that on the pillow
Lies a little curly head.
Angels whisper to her darling;
See, a smile is on his face;
With the proudest Queen the mother
Would not now exchange her place.

Cattle grazing in a meadow,
Near by runs a babbling brook,
Birds are singing in the branches;
Lying in a shady nook,
Rests a man from weary labor,
Soon his day's work will be done
And his wife will come to meet him
At the setting of the sun.

When a great and mighty nation
Has been forced to go to war,
Soon there comes the call for soldiers
And those go we care most for.
Anxiously we watch the papers,
Praying that the strife may cease.
When news comes, the war is ended,
Then -- how beautiful is Peace.

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