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Victor Hugo: At last, a peaceful strain!


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

French writers on war and peace

Victor Hugo: Selections on war


Victor Hugo
From The Universal Republic
Translator unknown

Ye, liberated lands, we hail!
Your sails are whole despite the gale!
Your masts are firm, and will not fail –
The triumph follows pain!
Hear forges roar! the hammer clanks –
It beats the time to nations’ thanks –
At last, a peaceful strain!

Tis rust, not gore, that gnaws the guns,
And shattered shells are but the runs
Where warring insects cope;
And all the headsman’s racks and blades
And pincers, tools of tyrants’ aids,
Are buried with the rope.

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