by William Soutar (1898 - 1943)

Slaughter
Language: English 
Within the violence of the storm
The wise men are made dumb:
Young bones are hollowed by the worm;
The babe dies in the womb.

Above the lover’s mouth is pressed
The silence of a stone:
Fate rides upon the iron beast
And tramples cities down.

And shall the multitudinous grave
Our enmity inter;
These dungeons of misrule enslave
Our bitterness and fear?

All are the conquered; and in vain
The laurel binds the brow:
The phantoms of the dead remain
And our faces show.

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson