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Lewis Morris: Put off the curse of war

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British writers on peace and war

Lewis Morris: The world rang with the fierce shouts of war and cries of pain

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Lewis Morris
From Whither?

Tread down, oh man, beneath thy feet, the brute,
Not that the sinless, innocent brute which still
Goes on its way unashamed, undoubting, mute,
Obedient to the pre-ordainèd will.

But that which deep within your nature lurks
Unseen, nay scarce suspected, tooth and claw
Red with the stain of age-old time and works
Beneath the dull unpitying primal law.

Put off the curse of war, the shame of strife;
Make thou the hates, the miseries to cease…

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