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Edwin L. Sabin: Where Will the War be Next?

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Edwin L. Sabin
Where Will the War be Next?

‘Tis peace, they say, o’er the Afric plains;
‘Tis peace on the Carib coast;
Peace in the Orient islands reigns;
Quiet each ardent host:
But armies and fleets await employ –
With rumors the air is vexed;
Aye, mother, cling to your only boy!
Where will the war be next?

Peace – and the German eagle peers
And opens his greedy maw!
Peace – and the bear of the bleak frontiers
Stretches with greedy paw!
Peace – but the ships of steel increase
And statesmen watch, perplexed!
What is the thing we folk term “peace” –
Where will the war be next?

Plan, you wise, for a worldwide court,
Where nations shall plead their right –
And this the pitiful, sole resort
When honor or lust says “Fight” –
When “On!” is pealed from the trumpet’s throat,
And “Glory” the rifle’s text,
And the flags high float to the drum’s stern note –
Where will the war be next?

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