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Dana Burnet: Sleep, Little Soldier, Sleep

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American writers on peace and against war

Dana Burnett: Selections on war

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Dana Burnet
Sleep, Little Soldier, Sleep

Do you lie alone beneath the moon?
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
A mother’s heart is broken soon –
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
They say that you will come no more –
Yet I place my lamp within the door
Lest you look back from that other shore –
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.

Was there any hand to cool your brow?
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
Where’s all the laughter of you now?
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
Another year, with sun and rain,
The field will bear its golden grain,
But you will never smile again
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.

Oh, light his dreams, thou mother moon!
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
A woman’s heart is broken soon –
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.
The King, he wears his royal crown,
The gay flags wave above the town;
But the little soldier lays him down –
Sleep, little soldier, sleep.

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Storm

Our of the thunder leaps a crooked sword
Bright as a serpent’s tongue – aye, bright as blood,
And men within the moment cast their cloths
And stand forth naked in a snarling brood.

The storm treads on like some great-booted god,
Roaring and slaying with its bloody fists,
And men are milled between its awful palms –
Their vaunted masteries are blown like mists….

We have not conquered elemental things,
Not chained the lightnings, nor controlled the skies –
The storm breaks and the world’s a beast again,
Snarling, at bay, with terror in its eyes!

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