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Robert Montgomery: War


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

British writers on peace and war


Robert Montgomery

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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