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Only a Word

Till our world, so sad and weary,
   Finds the balmy rest of peace—
Peace to silence all her discords—
   Peace till war and crime shall cease.
 
Peace to fall like gentle showers,
   Or on parchéd flowers dew,
Till our hearts proclaim with gladness:
   Lo, He maketh all things new.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. 

Author


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a prominent abolitionist and temperance and women's suffrage activist, as well as a poet. She authored numerous books, including the poetry collections Forest Leaves (1845) and Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (1854). She worked at Union Seminary in Ohio, and died on February 22, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Date Published: 1895-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/only-word