PEACE stands within the city wall; Most like a god she towers tall, And bugle-like she cries to all. In place of sounds of nether hell, In place of serpent hiss of shell, Sounds sweet her powerful "All's well!" Is she a willow by a stream? The spirit of a dreamer's dream? The pale moon's meek and phantom beam? There mere desire of panting soul? Water, not wine, within the bowl? Rides she, a ghost, upon the roll Of spectral seas? Nay, see her rise, Strong flesh against the flushing skies, Large calm within her watchful eyes. The olive darkling o'er her face, Like one of Caryae's sculptured race, Her arms uphold the nation's place. Like ivory beams, her strong white feet Span over all the busy street; Beneath their arch the merchants meet. Her eyes are terrible and pure As the stern, steadfast cynosure; Before them how and bend the poor. Their thrilling paeans rise to her; She mothers all the healthy stir That beats the air with bruit and birr. Below her feet War's banners furl, The bounteous palms about her curl, Above her head her strong doves whirl. Her vesture, with giant lilies bound, Falls like a slant of snow, and round It whitens all the quiet ground. Its cloven fringes are of gold; By her vast calm made brave and bold, Babes by their summer lightnings hold. A helmet binds her lofty crest; Strong scales of steel flash on her vest, A strong shield on her ample breast. Armed, armed she stands, from head to heel; Afar strange navies meet and reel; Far sounds the furious clash of steel. Around her sounds the reaper's song, Below her moves the busy throng; So stands she--terrible and strong. Ardent and awfully, afar Blazes the blood-red wand'ring star That rolls before the feet of war; But wheels not nigh her sentried gate, Her sinewed battlements that wait Panting to guard her lofty state. Her song is mild, but thro' it still The blast of bugles, stern and shrill, The calms about her pierce and thrill. Armed, armed her head, her foot, her breast, A spear defends her white dove's nest; As Peace is strong so is she blest.