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Robert Montgomery: War

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

British writers on peace and war

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Robert Montgomery
War

The smoke, the thunder, and the din of War!
Loud as an ocean leaping into life
I hear the storm of battle swell. Advance;
And listen to the cloud-ascending peals
Of Cannon, from whose lips a lightning glares!
Hark! how the bugle-echoes beat the air,
And how the deep-roll’d drums their wrath resound,
While on the throbbing Earth the Sun looks down
Like a dread war-fiend, with a fierce delight.
Death! here thou art and here the flashing swords
Shall reap thy harvest, and devoted souls
By thousands rush into the hands of God!

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