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Frank C. Reighter: Victim of War’s murd’rous tyranny

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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 C. Reighter
War

The Right – two seeming wrongs hath never made;
Nor combat cured the canker of a grudge.
Love cannot be dispensed on glist’ning blade,
Nor can Peace rule while “human will” is judge.

‘Tis pride of conquest profligates the soul,
And pampers false ambition’s rising flood;
Till man – no longer man – upon the shoal
Of Hate, wrecks all in surging seas of blood.

Each side from narrow viewpoint doth but see
The injured self; and in each mortal breast,
The heart, o’erwhelmed by passion’s mastery,
Doth entertain Revenge as favored guest;
And, heeding this foul demon’s false decree,
Falls – Victim of War’s murd’rous tyranny.

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