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Florence Earle Coates: The New Mars

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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

Florence Earle Coates: War

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Florence Earle Coates
The New Mars

I war against the folly that is War,
⁠The sacrifice that pity hath not stayed,
The Great Delusion men have perished for,
⁠The lie that hath the souls of men betrayed:
I war for justice and for human right,
Against the lawless tyranny of Might.

A monstrous cult has held the world too long:
⁠The worship of a Moloch that hath slain
Remorselessly the young, the brave, the strong, –
⁠Indifferent to the unmeasured pain,
The accumulated horror and despair,
That stricken Earth no longer wills to bear.

My goal is peace, – not peace at any price,
⁠While yet ensanguined jaws of Evil yawn
Hungry and pitiless: Nay, peace were vice
⁠Until the cruel dragon-teeth be drawn,
And the wronged victims of Oppression be
Delivered from its hateful rule, and free!

When comes that hour, resentment laid aside,
⁠Into a ploughshare will I beat my sword;
The weaker Nations’ strength shall be my pride,
⁠Their gladness my exceeding great reward;
And not in vain shall be the tears now shed,
Nor vain the service of the gallant dead.

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I war against the folly which is War,
⁠The futile sacrifice that naught hath stayed,
The Great Delusion men have perished for,
⁠The lie that hath the souls of men betrayed;
For faith I war, humanity, and trust;
For peace on earth – a lasting peace, and just!

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