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Horace Smith: The trade of man-butchery. The soldier and the sailor.

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

British writers on peace and war

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Horace Smith
From The Recantation

A Soldier? – What! a bravo paid

To make man-butchery a trade –

A Jack-a-dandy varlet,

Who sells his liberty, – perchance

His very soul’s inheritance –

For feathers, lace, and scarlet!

 

A Sailor? – worse! he’s doomed to trace

With treadmill drudgery the space

From foremast to the mizen;

A slave to the tyrannic main,

Till some kind bullet comes to brain

The brainless in his prison –

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