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Nathan Haskell Dole: Death: War is my Master-stroke since Days of Yore

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

American writers on peace and against war

Nathan Haskell Dole: Selections on peace

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Nathan Haskell Dole
From Peace and Progress: Two Symphonic Poems

At last when the Stars in their flight cease from marking the aeons,
When the Circle of Time on the Dial shall cease.
Then shall dawn a new Cosmos proclaimed in rapturous paeans,
And over God’s All reign an infinite Peace!

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From Death’s Triumph Song

I am the Lord of Life. In hearts of Kings
I sow black seeds of War. Nor long I wait
Or ere I reap the harvesting of Hate.
Nation at Nation insolently springs:
They battle like Scorpions armed with poisoned stings,
Fierce armies face fierce armies all-elate
With passion of conflict, heedless of their Fate.
Red Carnage riots and my triumph brings: –

Thousands of Heroes stript of lusty life;
Heapt piles of gallant war-steeds, stiff in gore;
Sackt cities black with piteous deeds of strife;
The butchered child, the stark, dishonoured Wife.
And still the Hate engendered calls for more.
War is my Master-stroke since Days of Yore.

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