The Smile of Reims

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Fugitive verse by Florence Earle Coates
The Smile of Reims
As rendered in The Bellman (2 June 1917):
The Smile of Reims

   ...lifted from the earth with
       trembling hand,
   Victorious, still glowed upon her
       face
   Thy smile, heroic France, love-
       given and immortal !—FEC

THE SMILE OF REIMS


"The smile," they called her,—"La Sourire"; and fair—
   A sculptured angel on the northern door
   Of the Cathedral's west façade—she wore
Through the long centuries of toil and care
That smile, mysteriously wrought and rare,
   As if she saw brave visions evermore—
   Kings, and an armored Maid who lilies bore,
And all the glories that had once been there.

How like to thee, her undefeated Land!
   Wounded by bursting shells, a little space
      Broken she lay beneath her ancient portal;
But lifted from the earth with trembling hand,
   Victorious, still glowed upon her face
      Thy smile, heroic France, love-given and immortal!

Florence Earle Coates.


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