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Robert Browning: Far and wide the victims of our warfare strew the plain

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

British writers on peace and war

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Robert Browning
From Jochanan Hakkadosh

“Say there’s a tyrant by whose death we earn
Freedom, and justify a war to wage:
Good! – were we only able to discern

“Exactly how to reach and catch and cage
Him only and no innocent beside!
Whereas the folk whereon war wreaks its rage

” – How shared they his ill-doing? Far and wide
The victims of our warfare strew the plain,
Ten thousand dead, whereof not one but died

“In faith that vassals owed their suzerain
Life: therefore each paid tribute, – honest soul, –
To that same Right and Good ourselves are fain

“To call exclusively our end…”

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