A. D. Hope: Inscription for a War
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.