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First Line: With caesar dead now, and augustus dust
Last Line: And life is theirs who love and keep their peace.
Subject(s): Peace; Roman Empire; Terror; War

With Caesar dead now, and Augustus dust,
Tribunal tyranny in Rome is done.
Attila, Xerxes and Napoleon
Have known kings' splendor and departed. Rust
Of rebel years their sheathèd swords encrusts,
And slow time hides the ugly scars upon
The stricken fields where war's cold carrion
Has fed old buzzards with its crumbs and crusts.

The dew-drenched meadows by the Marne again
Are occupied with crops, and Waterloo
Is wild with flowers as deep thunders cease
Their long reverberation. Terror's reign
Is ended now. The Belgian sky is blue,
And life is theirs who love and keep their peace.

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