What is War?

J M Rose-Troup

What is war?
Ask the young men who fight,
Men who defend the right,
Ask them - what is war?
"Honour - or death - that is war,"
Say the young men.

What is war?
Ask of the women who weep,
Mourning for those who sleep,
Ask them - what is war ?
"Sorrow and grief - that is war,"
Say the women.

What is war?
By ways beyond our ken,
God tries the souls of men,
Sends retribution just,
Punishing vice and lust,
God's wrath for sin - that is war.

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