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First Line: With love are you gone mad, o lover of france
Last Line: "not yours the human vow: ""till death us part!"
Subject(s): Disdain; France; Marriage; World War I; Scorn; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; First World War

(After reading of the affectionate desire of Germany "to get closer to
France," expressed by the German Secretary of State to the British Ambassador at
Berlin, as published in the British White Papers.

With love are you gone mad, O lover of France,
That you should be embracing with your arms
Her gory body for the gore that warms
Only a monster in his dalliance?
Alas! she is alive with her alarms,
Unwilling yet for the enraged romance.
Assault her sacredness of Paris, lance
Her flank with such a wound as has its charms.

For you who want for your obscene amours
The body of a soul that is not yours,
For you who want a wound to enter by,
For you who want a corpse upon your heart.
Coupling with France if France would only die,
Not yours the human vow: "Till death us part!"

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