Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/After

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Poems, Volume II by Florence Earle Coates
After

AFTER

AFTER the darkness, dawning,
 And stir of the rested wing;
Fresh fragrance from the meadow,
 Fresh hope in everything!


After the winter, springtime,
 And dreams, that flower-like throng;
After the tempest, silence;
 After the silence, song.


After the heat of anger,
 Love that all life enwraps;
After the stress of battle,
 The trumpet sounding "taps."


After despair and doubting,
 A faith without alloy,
God here and over yonder,—
 The end of all things—joy!


THE END