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Washington at Valley Forge
Posted by: oldedfolk (208.34.227.---)
Date: August 05, 2003 02:44PM

Washington at Valley Forge,
Bitter was the day.
Easy it would have been
To throw the cause away.

Re: Washington at Valley Forge
Posted by: Callie (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 06, 2003 06:27PM

Sounds a bit like J. Greenleaf Whittier - I'll have a look, offline, in my 'Collected'.

Re: Washington at Valley Forge
Posted by: Callie (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 07, 2003 06:08PM

Nope, sorry, I don't think it is Whittier. Back to the drawing board.

Re: Washington at Valley Forge
Posted by: ilza-maria (200.162.233.---)
Date: May 15, 2008 07:37PM

5 years ago, but ...

New Castle News
Thursday, February 22, 1934 New Castle, Pennsylvania

a poem bu Edgar A. Guest (from his column Just folks)


Washington at Valley Forge
Bitter was the day,
Very easy it had been to throw the cause away.

Hate and malice filled the air
Ragged men and cold,
Lonesome men and weary men tales
of misery told,
Easy had it been to say :
- Brief are human lives.
Let's be happy while we may,
happy with our wives.

Washington at Valley Forge!
Everywhere he went
Seeing soldiers day by day
sick with discontent,
Easy had it been to say:
- Bitter is the rain !
Is the cause we're fighting for worth
its cost in pain ?
Why keep on defying death, disaster and disease?
Let's go home to happiness and
spend our days at ease.

Washington at Valley Forge
Bravcly carrying on;
Seeking not the easy way lest freedom's hope be gone.
Proudly bearing misery, hunger, discontent,
Lonely days nnd lonely nights and all that failure meant;
Choosing every sacrifice and meeting every cost
Rather than to quit the field and
let the cause be lost,

(Copyright, ]934, Edgar A.Guest)

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