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August Strindberg: What has become of the sacred promise of peace on our earth?

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

August Strindberg: Progeny of soulless militarism

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August Strindberg
From Holy Trinity Night
Translated by Lotta M. Löfgren

“What has become of the sacred promise of peace on our earth?
Human intentions are noble, peace is our greatest desire;
Forced into violence and war, to betrayal and treacherous language –
Harken to roars of the damned who have lost all faith in goodness;
Life is ugly, an evil, yet people abominate evil.
Does he not suffer who sevenfold battered the already conquered?
Mankind’s intentions were good, but life insisted on evil…”

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