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Lucia Trent: Breed, little mothers, breed for the war lords who slaughter your sons

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American writers on peace and against war

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Lucia Trent: Women of War

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Lucia Trent
Breed, Women, Breed

Breed, little mothers,
With tired backs and tired hands,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed a race of danger-haunted men,
A race of toiling, sweating, miserable men,
Breed, little mothers,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed, breed, breed!

Breed, little mothers,
With the sunken eyes and the sagging cheeks,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men,
Breed a race of machines,
A race of aenemic, round-shouldered, subway-herded machines!

Breed, little mothers,
With a faith patient and stupid as cattle.
Breed for the war lords,
Offer your woman flesh for incredible torment,
Wrack your frail bodies with the pangs of birth
For the war lords who slaughter your sons!

Breed, little mothers,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men,
Breed for the war lords, the devouring war lords,
Breed, women, breed!

Breed, little mothers
With the tired backs and the tired hands,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines!
Breed a race of danger-haunted men,
A race of toiling, straining, miserable men,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines.
Breed, breed, breed!

Breed, little mothers
With the sunken eyes and the sagging cheeks,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men!
Breed a race of machines,

A race of anemic, round-shouldered, subway herded machines.
Breed, little mothers,
With a faith patient and stupid as cattle,
Breed for the war-lords!
Offer your woman-flesh for incredible torment,
Rack your frail bodies with the pangs of birth
For the war-lords who strangle your sons!
Breed, little mothers,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men,
Breed for the war-lords, the devouring war-lords,
Breed, women breed!

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