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John Davidson: The blood of men poured out in endless wars

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John Davidson: Blood in torrents pour in vain, for war breeds war again

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John Davidson
From Fleet Street Eclogues

Artist: And of the waste of men
In war – pitiful soldiers, battle-harlots.

Votary: That also I consider.

Artist: Weaklings, fools
In millions who must end disastrously;
The willing hands and hearts, in millions too,
Paid with perdition for a life of toil;
The blood of women, a constant sacrifice,
Staining the streets and every altar-step;
The blood of men poured out in endless wars…

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