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A. D. Hope: Inscription for a War

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A. D. Hope
Inscription for a War


Stranger, go tell the Spartans we died here obedient to their commands.
— Inscription at Thermopylae

Linger not, stranger. Shed no tear.
Go back to those who sent us here.

We are the young they drafted out
To wars their folly brought about.

Go tell those old men, safe in bed,
We took their orders and are dead.

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  1. Ljiljana
    April 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Inscription for Peace

    There is no fault in hope
    without it no dissent
    Folly and shame in war so many lives rent

    We are all ages from all ages
    rejecting war though not sages
    One common motive we beg repent

    Shed not grief stranger linger acquaint it well
    Go to the young ones and tell
    those who may not know
    War has motive the old men won’t show
    We will tell them before we go

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