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S. B. Dunn: In Terra Pax


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American writers on peace and against war


Rev. S. B. Dunn
In Terra Pax

O Mars, dread monarch of relentless War!
When wilt thou pale thy fierce and fiery ray,
To lose thy crimson in that milder day
When men shall learn thy cruel art no more?

Seal fast the portals of each Janus-fane!
Let every weltering sword a ploughshare be,
And every spear a pruning-hook, to see
The irenic glory of Astraea’s reign.

One shed His blood that blood no more might flow,
But man to man a friend and brother prove,
Bound heart and hand in sacred bonds of love,
Lifting from human lives their weight of woe.

O Holy Dove, descend, as once of old,
Upon the Prince of Peace in Jordan’s tide,
The olive branch to proffer far and wide,
And so bring in the promised Age of Gold!

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