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I Saw The Vision Of Armies (Baez Joan)

I saw the vision of armies; And I saw, as in noiseless dreams, hundreds of battle-flags, Borne through the smoke of the battles and pierced with missiles, I saw them, And carried, hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody; And at last but a few shreds of 'the flags left on the staffs, (and all in silence,) And the staffs all splintered and broken. I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them, And the white skeletons of young men, I saw them; I saw the debris and debris of all dead soldiers, But I saw they were not as was thought; They themselves were fully at rest, they suffered not; The living remained and suffered, the mother suffered, And the wife and the child and the musing comrade suffered, And the armies that remained suffered..