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Ernest Hartsock: Who told you God raises sons to slay them all in battle?

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American writers on peace and against war

Ernest Hartsock: Let Mars and all his mangled mourners pass

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Ernest Hartsock
Christ at Eight

Little boy, gentle boy,
Why so desolate?
Has Heaven’s proselyting joy
Converted you to hate?

Little lad with lips that lace
Like a butterfly,
Has that amaranth your face
Learned that flowers die?

Why do you look so quaintly wise,
Gold-haired little Master?
What sunken shadow traps your eyes
In delicate disaster?

Little lad, have Heaven’s guns
Hushed your earnest prattle? –
Who told you, Lad, God raises sons
To slay them all in battle!

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