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Rex Warner: These guns were sent to save civilisation

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Rex Warner
From Arms in Spain (1937)

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So that men might remain slaves, and the little good
they hoped for might be turned all bad and the iron lie
stamped and clamped on growing tender and vigorous truth
these machine guns were dispatched from Italy.
So that the drunken General and the Christian millionaire
might continue to rule in complete darkness,
that on rape and ruin order might be founded firm,
these guns were sent to save civilisation.

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