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Thomas Wyatt: Children of the gun

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

British writers on peace and war

Thomas Wyatt: Wax fat on innocent blood: I cannot leave the state to Caesar

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Thomas Wyatt
Description of a Gun

Vulcan begat me: Minerva me taught:
Nature, my mother: Craft nourish’d me year by year:
Three bodies are my food: my strength is in naught:
Anger, wrath, waste, and noise are my children dear.
Guess, friend, what I am: and how I am wraught:
Monster of sea, or of land, or of elsewhere.
Know me, and use me: and I may thee defend:
And if I be thine enemy, I may thy life end.

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