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1 "BLESSED are the peace-makers, for they
2 God's children shall be called!" so spake
3 The Prince of Peace, in mortal clay,
4 Who veiled his glory, for our sake.
5 The stormy passions of the mind,
6 The boastful tongue and brow of pride,
7 Their soothing counsels, wise and kind
8 Make to a gentle calm subside.
9 That eye upon the ground is cast,
10 Which glanced with restless angry glare,
11 That breast to hostile breast is prest,
12 Which thought to place a scorpion there.
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13 Contentious tribes upon the ground
14 Cast bow and spear at their charmed voice,
15 And, linked in many a friendly round,
16 Will o'er the pledge of peace rejoice.
17 Then flourish fields and gardens gay,
18 Where leaders charged with martial train;
19 And Infants 'mid the herbage play,
20 Where lately lay the ghastly slain.
21 Blest are the peace-makers! for they
22 To God's blest family belong;
23 Honoured in this our earthly lay,
24 And in a sweeter, loftier song.


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Title (in Source Edition): ST. MATTHEW V. 9.
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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 390-391.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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