The Viennese authorities have melted down the great bell in St. Stephen’s to supply metal for guns or muntions. Every poor village has made a similar gift.
THE GREAT BELL booms across the town,
Reverberant and slow,
And drifting from their houses down
The calm-eyed people go.
Their feet fall on the portal stones
Their fathers’ fathers trod;
And still the bell, with reverent tones,
From cottage nooks and purple thrones
Is calling souls to God.
The chapel bells with ardor spake
They boom beyond the battered town;
. . . . .
The hills are belching smoke;
And valleys charred and ranges brown
Are quaking ’neath the stroke.
The iron roar to Heaven swells,
And domes and steeples nod;
Through cities vast and ferny dells
And village streets the clamant bells
Are calling souls to God!