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John Stalker Price

West Point, 1964

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Bob Warfield on May 1, 2018:

The curtain falls.
Fare thee well now Jack.
While we're apart,
With us remain.

Unto these distant cosmic clouds
Ascend in storm and vesper;
All claims released but nigh
Unto thy vestments where
We children in your fashion
Shall attempt, by all example,
Shown, the mettle of your course,
Our noblest cause, by limbs
That lay aside the woodsman's axe
The husbandry of all labor,
The field and hearth, and
From affections loosing embrace,
Limber up the arm and brace
The yeoman's sword and call.

Unto the commons summoned;
Past the brook, the school where
Classmates danced and built
A loom, combed from nature's
Layered store, where dreams
Departing, journeyed wide,
'Ere to the brethren flag,
In affirmation spent of youth,
'Till peace affirmed good stillness
And humility, a squire's share,
For a knight's past; and where,
But for the creature's stirring,
Rambunctious frogs in croaking
Chorus, fat and clad in song.

As moonlight fading into dawn
Declared anew for we remaining
Here to ponder all wondrous
Calm assembled stones and
Gestures, ones you taught and
Cast into the laughing campfire.
Where sparking fireflies rise.
Our Buffalo memories yet
Rejoice to know, as you
With us remain, not by
Traitorous doubt, nor by
Incurious mind, nor by some
Adventure dreamed and set aside,
That we shall win, not fearing to attempt.

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