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Ernest Neal Lyon: A Dream of Peace

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

American writers on peace and against war

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Ernest Neal Lyon
A Dream of Peace

Our planet swings from darkling space
To crystal day, –
Productive of a taller race
Than brutish clay,
When Reason rules within the place
Of rifle-play.

With kindling vision Nations then
Will drop the sword,
In common parliament shall men
Find swift accord,
And thought be regnant, by the pen,
Or glowing word!

“To men goodwill!” the prophecy,
Awaited long,
May then reveal its mystery, –
While, sweetly strong,
In Brotherhood’s antiphony
Ascends the song!

Yet, while we pray, – red , angry Mars,
With baleful gleam,
Obscures anew the Bethlehem star’s
Benignant beam, –
While breaks the clash of battle-cars
Upon our dream!

The spirit conquers!
Souls seek release.
The tumult passes! As before,
The war-songs cease.
And angel-voices, loved of yore,
Now carol peace!

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