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Francis Saltus Saltus: If we saw but a century of peace


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American writers on peace and against war

Francis Saltus Saltus: Selections on peace and war


Francis Saltus Saltus
From Life

If we lived through long epochs and ages,
If we saw but a century of peace,
Had we time to calm murmurs and rages,
Had we time to make wickedness cease;
We might barter our faith to the sages,
We might force evil thoughts to decrease.


From To J.S. Thebaud, M.D.

See the red flashing of the sword and steel,
The tramp of glittering armies sent to kill!
Hear the wild music of the bugles’ peal,
The ranks mowed down, the chief advancing still!
What bloody roles these butcher-heroes fill,
Tell me, oh thou who wert ordained to heal!

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