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Charles Mackay: Awake the song of peace!

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British writers on peace and war

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Charles Mackay
From The Festival of Labour
Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851

The world is growing wiser,
New thoughts and hopes are born;
Too long we’ve dwelt in darkness,
And tarried for the morn.
Too long in foolish warfare
We’ve dipp’d our bleeding hands;
But wisdom, taught by suffering keen,
Comes beaming o’er the lands.
Our princes and our peoples
The grateful truth have learn’d,
And strive for glory purer far
Than Caesar ever earn’d.
Gather, ye nations, gather!
Let ancient discords cease,
And earth, with myriad voices
Awake the song of peace!

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