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Anniversary poem.

Read before the Alumni of the Friends' Yearly Meeting School, at the Annual Meeting at Newport, R. I., 15th 6th mo., 1863.

once more, dear friends, you meet beneath
     A clouded sky:
Not yet the sword has found its sheath,
     And on the sweet spring airs the breath
Of war floats by.

Yet trouble springs not from the ground,
     Nor pain from chance;
The Eternalorder circles round,
     And wave and storm find mete and bound
In Providence.

Full long our feet the flowery ways
     Of peace have trod,
Content with creed and garb and phrase:
     A harder path in earlier days
Led up to God.

Too cheaply truths, once purchased dear,
     Are made our own;
Too long the world has smiled to hear
     Our boast of full corn in the ear
By others sown;

To see us stir the martyr fires
     Of long ago,
And wrap our satisfied desires

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