Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/Art and War

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Poems, Volume II by Florence Earle Coates
Art and War
Also published in The Bellman (9 Jan 1915) V. 18 No. 443 p. 53.

ART AND WAR

WAR has its field of blood—heart-breaking War—
 Wherein to rule with undisputed sway
 Throughout its own mad, self-exhausting day.
There, where it rashly sacrifices more
Than laboring Time may ever quite restore,
 Shall it amid red welter and decay
 Strive horribly; but let it not essay
To enter where Peace guards the Future's door!


War has nor right, nor privilege, nor part
 In lives high-dedicate the world to bind
Through love and hope and the great dream of Art!
 All Lands to such are Fatherland; they find
In alien realms love's grateful, welcoming heart—
 They, chosen of the Gods to bless mankind!