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War Song

By Davidson, John

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Book Id: WPLBN0000253201
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: War Song  
Author: Davidson, John
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: IN anguish we uplift // A new unhallowed song: // The race is to the swift; // The battle to the strong. // Of old it was ordained // That we, in packs like curs, // Some thirty million trained // And licensed murderers, // In crime should live and act, // If cunning folk say sooth // Who flay the naked fact // And carve the heart of truth. // The rulers cry aloud, // We cannot cancel war, // The end and bloody shroud // Of wrongs the worst abhor, // And order's swaddling band: // Know that relentless strife // Remains by sea and land // The holiest law of life. // From fear in every guise, // From sloth, from lust of pelf, // By war's great sacrifice // The world redeems itself. // War is the source, the theme // Of art; the goal, the bent // And brilliant academe // Of noble sentiment; // The augury, the dawn // Of golden times of grace; // The true catholicon, // And blood-bath of the race. // We thirty million trained // And licensed murderers, // Like zanies rigged, and chained // By drill and scourge and curse // In shackles of despair // We know not how to break - // What do we victims care...


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