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Kenneth Bruce: Universal Peace


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

American writers on peace and against war


Kenneth Bruce

Not for thee, proud Holland, is the boast
Of peace fulfilled, nor yet has Hague’s fair name
Been hailed as leader of that honored host
Who sought through war’s quick death enduring fame.
Thy patriot’s fervor humbled haughty Spain;
Thy ocean-bulwarks bade her bow the knee;
But peace ‘twixt man and man thou could’st not gain;
Thy precious gift belongs to Liberty.

To thee, Columbia, Goddess of the Free!
The nations turn and raise their suppliant prayer;
Strike gun from fort and ship, till every sea
Shall fling fair freedom’s banner to the air.
Then shall the nations rest and fierce war cease,
Lapped in the arms of Universal Peace.

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