07 May 2014

Nought stands but the valiant heart....

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
 - att. to Winston Churchill and George Orwell
 
 
PACIFIST. Those who “abjure” violence can only do so because others
are committing violence on their behalf.
- George Orwell
 

The Evils of War

How evil a thing is War, that bows men to shameful rest!
War burns away in her blaze all glory and boasting of men:
Nought stands but the valiant heart to face pain, the hardhoofed steed,
The ring-mail set close and firm, the nail-crowned helms and the spears,
And onset again after rout, when men shrink from the serried array -
Then, then, fall away the vile, the hirelings, and Shame is strong!
War girds up her skirts before them, and Evil unmixed is bare.
For their hearts were for maidens veiled, not for driving the gathered spoil:
Yea, evil the heirs we leave, sons of Yashkur and al-Lakah!

But let flee her fires who will, no flinching for me, son of Kais!
O children of Kais, stand firm before her, gain peace or give:
Who seeks flight before her fear, his Doom stands and bars the road.
Away! Death allows no quitting of place, and brands are bare!
What life for us when the Uplands and valleys are ours no more?
Ah, where are the mighty now, the spears and the generous hands?

- Anonymous, Arabic 7th Century


Whoever he was, he was ready to fight.....



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