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Olbrich, M. B. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. 1, No. 7 (June 1904)

Braley, A. B.
A sword song,   pp. 252-253

Page 252

   "Why, John," she finally said, "I didn't know you really
cared so much. I'm so sorry, and I suppose I should have
told you before. Charlie Middleton and I are engaged, have
been for some time, though it is still a secret, so you will
please say nothing about it."
  John stood as one petrified, and then as the ridiculousness
of the situation dawned upon him he had a wild desire to
laugh, which he dared not gratify. In his attempt to repress
his laughter his face took on a contorted expression which
Jessica attributed to his grief.
  "No, I will say nothing about it," he finally gasped, and
catching up his hat and gloves, he hurriedly left the house.
  "It's a good thing for this world," he said to himself as he
went along, "that men aren't as deceitful as women. Always
pretending a thing is one way when it really is another."
  "Well, did Jessica fix it so you could get out of that party
date all right?" questioned Fred.
  "Yes, Jessica fixed it," John responded dryly.
                                       -Maud Faller.
                A SWORD SONG
      The godly man calls to his God above
        To strengthen him in the fight,
      The heart of the lover is thrilled with love
        Which giveth his blows their might;
      But godly ways have I never known,
        Nor high born lady's charm,
      My glory has grown by these two alone,
        My sword and my good right arm!
     A lunge! a feint! a stroke!
        My friend, you falter-there!
      The red blood stains the cloak;
        The soul is-God knows where.
     In battle's brunt these be my charm,
       My sword!
                  My sword!
                             And good right arm!

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