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Lewis Morris: Who will free us from the dreadful past of war and hatred?

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

British writers on peace and war

Lewis Morris: Selections on war and peace

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Lewis Morris
From The Living Past

O faithful souls that watch and yearn,
Expectant of the coming light,
With kindling hearts and eyes that burn
With hope to see the rule of right;

The time of peace and of good will,
When the thick clouds of wrong and pain
Roll up as from a shining hill
And never more descend again…

Though war and hatred come to cease
And sorrow be no more, nor sin,
And in their stead an endless peace
Its fair unbroken reign begin, –

What comfort have ye? What shall blot
The memories of bitter years…?

For that which has been, still must live,
And ‘neath the shallow Present last,
Oh who will sweet oblivion give,
Who free us from the dreadful Past?

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