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THE DAY; NOVEMBER 11, 1918, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not as they planned it or will plan again
Last Line: Who still are blind awhile, facing the sun.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morgan, Emanuel
Subject(s): Freedom; Justice; Navy - United States; Veterans Day; War; Liberty; American Navy


Not as they planned it or will plan again,
Those captains whose command was forged in Hell
Not as they promised for their terrible
Obedient horde, Teuton and Saracen,
Bulgar and Slav, not as they dreamed it then,
Masters of might with sobs for paeans to swell
Their darkening sway, but like a far-off bell
Undoing night, the day has come for men.

The people's day has dawned, a deeper sky
Than any day that ever rose from sea,
And more than any captain dared is won;
And this great light that opens carries high
Justice that none had dreamed, not even we
Who still are blind awhile, facing the sun.





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