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WOODROW WILSON, by            
First Line: That all the world might smile again, I gave
Last Line: "and hear their clear glad voices: ""peace on earth!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Meyer, Emma Voorhees
Subject(s): Death; Pacifism; Peace; Presidents, United States; Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924); Dead, The; Peace Movements


That all the world might smile again, I gave
Of all the strength the Master gave to me;
With faith and hope and prayer I tried to pave
The way for Peace I did not live to see.

My going was "a tragedy"? Not so!
To crown with Death an interrupted plan
Is not to fail! ... God loosened—slow—
The strangling hold of flesh—and freed the man!

Beneath the flag, the ferns and roses, lies
The form you mourn; but I, with nothing dearth,
See future faces lifted to the skies,
And hear their clear glad voices: "Peace on Earth!"





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