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Catalog Number 1938.100.45
Object Name Poem
Accession number 1938.100
Description Poem

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["Facing the Shadows" Written by Private William I. Grundish, Company C,-th U.S. Engineers, Amer. E.F. Received first prize given by Chicago Tribune (?), European Edition, March 15, 1918, Paris.] When I behold the tense and tragic night Shrouding the earth in vague, symbolic gloom, And when I think that, ere my fancy's flight Has reached the portals of the inner room Where knightly ghosts, guarding the secret ark of brave romance, through me shall sing again, Death may engulf me in eternal dark,- Still I have no regret nor poignant pain. Better in one ecstatic, epic day To strike a blow for Glory and for Truth, With ardent, singing heart to toss away In Freedom's holy cause my eager youth, Than bear, as weary years pass one by one, The knowledge of a sacred task undone.

["The Shadow" Written by Paul A. Tierney, S.S.U. 594, Convois Automobiles, par B.O.M. Paris. Second Prize in same contest as above.] Where green hills cut the opal sky And black and white the magpies fly, Cheerily with its saffron sails The fleece of clouds the windmill flails, Fanning white puffs in merry race Into the red sun's jovial face. Loisette and I with rippling laughter, And watchful mother trudging after, Like children wander hand in hand Amid this day-dream wonderland. But up across the world's green rim From out a fringe of poplars slim Come horsemen trooping, and Loisette, With quavering voice and lashes wet, Speaks while her tears unminded flow: "Sur Jean returned two years ago With eyes that could not see the sun Nor yet the ribbon he had won."

From the service of Eleanor McGee, American Red Cross nurse at Base Hospital # 23 "The Nouvel" located in Vittel, Vosges, France from 1918-1919 (?).
Date March 15, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
Subjects World War I