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Thomas Gray: Poetry subdues war

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

British writers on peace and war

Thomas Gray: Clouds of carnage blot the sun; weave the crimson web of war

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Thomas Gray
The Progress of Poesy
A Pindaric Ode

Oh! Sovereign of the willing soul,
Parent of sweet and solemn-breathing airs,
Enchanting shell! the sullen Cares
And frantic Passions hear thy soft control.
On Thracia’s hills the Lord of War,
Has curb’d the fury of his car,
And dropp’d his thirsty lance at thy command.
Perching on the sceptred hand
Of Jove, thy magic lulls the feather’d king
With ruffled plumes and flagging wing:
Quench’d in dark clouds of slumber lie
The terror of his beak, and light’nings of his eye.

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