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THE LIGHT-BRINGER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is a time of death and blinded pain
Last Line: But forever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morgan, Emanuel
Subject(s): Courage; Military; War; Valor; Bravery

This is a time of death and blinded pain,
And men, as if half-slain
Stare at delirium
With empty eyes
And can no longer tell how patient come
Into the skies
The counselling stars.

These be my weapons in the flight:
The invincible nights and days
(My bright flag signalling their points and rays)
And the one proud, profoundest gun,
The unassailable light
Of the sun!

O my own people!—if we dare to be
If our preparedness be first within,
If we be resolute to sever
The heart of courage from the heart of fear—
Then we shall hear
Above the din,
The only trump of victory,
Not for the day, not for the year,
But forever.

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