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John Dryden: In peace the thoughts of war he could remove

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

British writers on peace and war

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John Dryden
From Absalom and Achitophel (1681)

In Peace the thoughts of War he coud remove
And seem’d as he were onely born for Love.

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Well knew the value of a peaceful reign;
And, looking backward with a wise afright,
Saw Seams of wounds, dishonest to the sight:
In contemplation of whose ugly Scars,
They curst the memory of Civil Wars.

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Some thought they God’s Anointed meant to slay
By Guns, invented since full many a day…

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To ply him with new Plots shall be my care;
Or plunge him deep in some Expensive War;
Which, when his Treasure can no more supply,
He must, with the Remains of Kingship, buy.

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