An Inspiration

However the battle is ended,
Though proudly the victor comes
With fluttering flags and prancing nags
And echoing roll of drums.
Still truth proclaims this motto,
In letters of living light, -
No Question is ever settled,
Until it is settled right.

Though the heel of the strong oppressor
May grind the weak to dust,
And the voices of fame with one acclaim
May call him great and just,
Let those who applaud take warning,
And keep this motto in sight, -
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.

Let those who have failed take courage;
Tho' the enemy seems to have won,
Tho' his ranks are strong, if he be in the wrong
The battle is not yet done;
For, as sure as the morning follows
The darkest hour of the night,
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.

O man bowed down with labor!
O woman, young, yet old!
O heart oppressed in the toiler's breast
And crushed by the power of gold!
Keep on with your weary battle
Against triumphant might;
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Comments (19)

Fine and lofty verse with a call for universal brotherhood of man. Witty rendition of words set aside for sober reflection. Thanks for sharing Ravi.
We all dream for peace bcoz that is the reconciliation and solution for our country's keep it up.
Powerful perspective presented in this poem!
i really dont care at all what so ever
We all dream for peace, but for that we need to be peaceful A poem with an universal appeal.
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