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War and Hell - Ernest Crosby

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  1. Probe

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    War and Hell
    Ernest H. Cosby

    There is 'great rejoicing at the nation's capital'. So says the
    morning's paper.

    The enemy's fleet has been annihilated.

    Mothers are delighted because other mothers have lost sons
    just like their own;
    Wives and daughters smile at the thought of new-made
    widows and orphans;
    Strong men are full of glee because other strong men are
    either slain or doomed to rot alive in torments;
    Small boys are delirious with pride and joy as they fancy
    themselves thrusting swords into soft flesh, and
    burning and laying waste such homes as they
    themselves inhabit;

    Another capital is cast down with mourning and
    humiliation just in proportion as ours is raised up,
    and that is the very spice of our triumph...

    This is life—this is patriotism—this is rapture!
    But we—what are we, men or devils? and our Christian
    capital—what is it but an outpost of Hell?







    What do you think?
     

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