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H. Lavinia Baily: Recall


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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

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H. Lavinia Baily

Put up thy sword, O Nation, grand and strong!
Call in thy fleet-winged missiles from the sea;
Art thou not great enough to suffer wrong,
Land of the brave, the freest of the free?

Put up thy sword. ‘Tis nobler to endure
Than to avenge thee at another’s cost;
And while thy claim and purpose are made sure,
Behold that other’s life and honor lost.

Put up thy sword. It hath not hushed the cry
That called it all too rashly from its sheath;
Still o’er the fated isle her children lie
And find surcease from anguish but in death.

Put up thy sword, O Country, strong and free,
Let strife and avarice and oppression cease;
So shall the world thy Star of Empire see
Resplendent o’er the heaven-touched hills of Peace.

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