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First Line: Men lied to them and so they went to die
Last Line: The stark black cross against the setting sun.
Subject(s): Thermopylae, Battle Of


Men lied to them and so they went to die
Some fell, unknowing that they were deceived,
And some escaped, and bitterly bereaved,
Beheld the truth they loved shrink to a lie
And those there were that never had believed,
But from afar had read the gathering sky,
And darkly wrapt in that dread prophecy
Died trusting that their truth might be retrieved.

It matters not. For life deals thus with Man;
To die alone deceived or with the mass,
Or disillusioned to complete his span.
Thermopylae or Golgotha, all one --
The young dead legions in the narrow pass;
The stark black cross against the setting sun.





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