Shiloh, A Requiem

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
   The swallows fly low
Over the fields in clouded days,
   The forest-field of Shiloh--
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched one stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
   Around the church of Shiloh--
The church so lone, the log-built one,
That echoed to many a parting groan
   And natural prayer
Of dying foemen mingled there--
Foemen at morn, but friends at eve--
Fame or country least their care:
(What like a bullet can undeceive!)
   But now they lie low,
While over them the swallows skim,
And all is hushed at Shiloh.