Armed For War

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Armed For War
written by William Henry Davies
From "The Loneliest Mountain", 1939 Link to further information

Is life on Earth a viler thing
   Than ever was known before?
Who shall we ask - the wise old man
   Whose years have reached five score?

When we have questioned Church and State,
   Is there anyone else to ask?
Is it the Baby, three weeks old,
   That wears a gas-proof mask?

Is it the Infant armed to meet
   A poisoned earth and sky -
A thing too weak to lift its hand
   To rub a sleepy eye?

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