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Scene in front of the official bulletin board at Buda-Pesth, Hungary.
Wives and mothers who daily look over the heavy death lists of the Aus
THE MOTHERS OF MEN
BY JOAQUIN MILLER
The bravest battle that ever was
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will
find it not
'Tis fought by the mothers of men.
Nay, not with cannon or battle shot,
With sword or nobler pen!
Nay, not with eloquent words or
From mouths of wonderful men,
But deep in the walled-up woman's
Of woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently, bore her part
Lo, there is that battlefield!
No marshalling troop, no bivouac
No banner to gleam and wave;
But, oh! their battles, they last
From babyhood to the grave,
Yet faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town
Fights on and on in endless wars,
Then, silent, unseen, goes down.
Oh, ye with banners and battle shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise,
I tell you the kingliest victories
Were fought in those silent ways.
Oh, spotless woman in a world of