In the poem "Speak Now for Peace" by Vachel Lindsay, we hear an appeal to the "Lady of Light". Is this simply a reference to Jane Addams, a peace activist in the early 20th century? Or was it speaking to the Statue of Liberty perhaps? The statue was barely a generation old in 1915 and France played prominently in the war to come. Or, is it a reference to some other person?
To Jane Addams at the Hague
(Two poems, written on the sinking of the Lusitania, appearing in the Chicago Herald, May 11, 1915)
I. Speak Now for Peace
Lady of Light, and our best woman, and queen,
Stand now for peace (though anger breaks your heart),
Though naught but smoke and flame and drowning is seen.
Lady of Light, speak, though you speak alone,
Though your voice may seem as a dove's in this howling flood,
It is heard tonight by every senate and throne.
Though the widening battle of millions and millions of men
Threatens tonight to sweep the whole of the earth,
Back of the smoke is the promise of kindness again.