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John Milton: What can war but endless war still breed?

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

British writers on peace and war

Milton: Men levy cruel wars, wasting the earth, each other to destroy

Milton: Without ambition, war, or violence

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John Milton
From Sonnet 15

For what can war but endless war still breed?
      Till Truth and Right from Violence be freed,
And Public Faith clear’d from the shameful brand
      Of Public Fraud. In vain doth Valour bleed
      While Avarice and Rapine share the land.
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