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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

The Statue of Sherman by St. Gaudens

              1This is the soldier brave enough to tell
              2The glory-dazzled world that `war is hell':
              3Lover of peace, he looks beyond the strife,
              4And rides through hell to save his country's life.


1] William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-91), American general. Augustus St. Gaudens created the Sherman Monument in bronze, which was unveiled in 1903 in New York City at the Grand Army Plaza.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poems of Henry Van Dyke (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911): 166. PS 3115 A2 1911 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1911
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/31

Composition date: April 1904
Rhyme: aabb

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