The Great War

from Songs & Sonnets for England in War Time, an electronic edition

To the Aggressor

Not ours the stroke, for we maintain

The Truth by which the just abide,

That murder is the lust of Hell.

If Europe must be crucified,

Not ours the guilt! Let it be known.

Aye! by the blood upon thy throne!

Not ours this war, and all its waste,

Nor do we take the sword in vain --

The Holy Sword our fathers bore

To brand it with the mark of Cain.

"Thou art the Man !" For thee 'twas planned.

Aye! by the Bible in thy hand!

T. P.'s Weekly, August 13, 1914