Monday, May 28, 2018

The Deeds They Wrought Were Not In Vain

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,
Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth.
The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,
And sunset, and the colors of the earth.

The grave site of Jonas Cattell
Revolutionary War Hero
Cattell Family Burial Ground
Deptford, New Jersey

These had seen movement, and heard music; known
Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;
Felt the quick air of wonder; sat alone;
Touched flowers and furs and cheeks. All this ended.

A memorial to the American patriots of  the community of Greenwich,
Cumberland County, New Jersey, who, years before the start of the
 Revolutionary War, threw their own "tea party" by stealing and 
burning a shipment of British tea headed for Philadelphia.
The monument to commemorate their daring and courageous
defiance in the face of tyranny was erected in 1908 by members of
the Cumberland County Historical Society.

There are waters blown by changing winds to laughter
And lit by the rich skies, all day. And after,
Frost, with a gesture, stays the waves that dance
And wandering loveliness. He leaves a white
Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,
A width, a shining peace, under the night.

"The Dead"
Rupert Brooke
English poet known for his
sonnets about war

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