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George Shepard Burleigh: When shall the crystal fount of Peace wash out the hideous stain of blood?

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

American writers on peace and against war

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George Shepard Burleigh
How Long?

When shall the noise of battle cease,
With red Bellona’s crimson flood?
When shall the crystal fount of Peace
Wash out the hideous stain of blood?

Almost two thousand years of Christ
Above the bleeding earth have rolled,
Still man by man is sacrificed
As on the Moloch shrines of old!

Unnumbered temples rise to claim
The Prince of Peace for sovereign Lord;
Yet millions in His holy name
Baptize the murder-seeking sword.

O, shameless mockery of hell!
To prate of peace while rending homes
Of wives and babes with shot and shell,
That wrap in fire their temple domes!

How long, O Lord of love, how long
Shalt Thou be served with double tongue,
And paeans of victorious wrong
Before thy altar-fires be sung?

Ye nations, taught in Holy books
To serve with love the Lord of lords,
Your vines demand their pruning-hooks,
The blameless plowshares need your swords!

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