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Frank Walcott Hutt: The Peace Congress

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

American writers on peace and against war

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Frank Walcott Hutt
The Peace Congress

O wise men of the prophet-mood,
What of the dove of Peace – how soon
Shall she, forth faring night and noon,
Beside our thresholds brood?

O seers of many lands, what cheer?
What tidings of the dove, whose way
Is lost, is lost this many a day?
Is her home-coming near?

We, too, have watched while ye have prayed,
We, too, have kept the faith, and still
With every prophet on his hill
Yearn for the far-estrayed.

Above the war-cloud, fierce and gray,
Beyond the field where conflict rings,
Where shall she spread descending wings –
Good priest and rabbi, say?

O brothers, shall this be a sign,
That from your distant isles ye bear
Memorials devout and rare
Unto this common shrine?

O message-bearers, that confess
A greater than an age of gold,
Is this again the Voice of old
Heard in the wilderness?

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