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DREAM OF PEACE, by            
First Line: Why has the shame of bloody battles stood?
Last Line: The wars that human hearts abhor and fear?
Subject(s): Peace


Why has the shame of bloody battles stood?
The ancient Book of value more than gold
Relates, for years, how soldiers' lives are sold.
Do nations value victory's dreary load?
Must love or terror reign upon God's road?
The pyramids where lie the kings of old
Grew great in piles that slavery's hardship told
And wealth was ground in grief on God's abode.

To hear the bugles call, the trumpets, roar
Of cannon, beat of drums, the heat, the flare!
Does striving civilization welcome war?
What says the Book: then beat the sword and spear
To plowshare and to pruninghook? Or bear
The wars that human hearts abhor and fear?





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