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Robert Bridges: And this is War!

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

British writers on peace and war

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Robert Bridges
War

And this is War!
The vengeful spirit of an ancient race
Clad in brave armor, wounded in its pride;
The joy of battle in its mailèd face,
Driving its foemen like a rising tide
That swirls the sea-folk on the curving beach,
And leaves them stranded there to rot and bleach.

And this is War!
A peaceful highway on a sunny hill,
A file of busy ants that bravely toil
Until they meet their fellows – stop to kill,
And then march onward with the robber spoil;
When from the clouds a sudden, driving rain
Sweeps them, unheeding, to the flooded plain.

And this is War!
An eddy in the dust, a troubled pool,
A pebble in the river’s mighty flow –
Man’s feeble effort, like the painted fool,
To prove that he is master of the show;
While laws immutable uplift the clod
And mould him to the purposes of God!

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