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Poems of Power

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,071 / 59 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 594 7486
Genre: Poetry


To laud and eulogize the trade which thrives
On horrid holocausts of human lives?

Man was a fighting beast when earth was young,
And war the only theme when Homer sung.

'Twixt might and might the equal contest lay,
Not so the battles of our modern day.

Too often now the conquering hero struts
A Gulliver among the Liliputs.

Success no longer rests on skill or fate,
But on the movements of a syndicate.

Of old men fought and deemed it right and just.
To-day the warrior fights because he must,

And in his secret soul feels shame because
He desecrates the higher manhood's laws

Oh! there are worthier themes for poet's pen
In this great hour, than bloody deeds of men

Or triumphs of one hero (though he be
Deserving song for his humility):

The rights of many--not the worth of one;
The coming issues--not the battle done;

The awful opulence, and awful need;
The rise of brotherhood--the fall of greed,

The soul o



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