The Battles Never Came
The battles never came to Pennsylvania
Beyond the great one--Adams County's grief and pain
And other fights and raids nearby.
The rebels never tore up rails at Harrisburg,
Nor ran across the Wissahickon Creek to gain
The Water Works beyond.
And so we do not know what grief and pain could come
Into our larger cities. Monuments may stand
Like Adams County's boulder in Clark Park, so grand.
And so it came to pass again that God
Made war to cease. He broke the bow and cut
The spear in sunder. So we do not know.
So graceful now are bridal groups
That pose for pictures on those paths.
The Wissahickon Creek just flows
While anglers seek a catch,
And out beyond Forbidden Drive,
Beyond the county line there rolls
The gentle hill, the standing corn,
Whose peace we cannot trace, just know.
Praise ye the Lord!