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The War-Christian’s Prayer

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‘If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.’  ~ Romans 12:18

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Oh, God of battles! once again,
  With banner, trump, and drum,
And garments in thy wine-press dyed,
  To give Thee thanks we come.

No goats or bullocks garlanded,
  Unto thine altars go;
With brothers’ blood, by brothers shed,
  Our glad libations flow,

From pest-house and from dungeon foul,
  Where, maimed and torn, they die,
From gory trench and charnel-house,
  Where, heap on heap, they lie.

In every groan that yields a soul,
  Each shriek a heart that rends,
With every breath of tainted air,
  Our homage, Lord, ascends.

We thank Thee for the sabre’s gash,
  The cannon’s havoc wild;
We bless Thee for the widow’s tears,
  The want that starves her child!

We give Thee praise that Thou hast lit
  The torch, and fanned the flame;
That lust and rapine hunt their prey,
  Kind Father, in Thy name!

That, for the songs of idle joy
  False angels sang of yore,
Thou sendest War on earth–ill-will
  To men for evermore!

We know that wisdom, truth, and right
  To us and ours are given;
That Thou hast clothed us with the wrath,
  To do the work of heaven.

We know that plains and cities waste
  Are pleasant in Thine eyes–
Thou lov’st a hearthstone desolate,
  Thou lov’st a mourner’s cries.

Let not our weakness fall below
  The measure of Thy will,
And while the press hath wine to bleed,
  Oh, tread it with us still!

Teach us to hate–as Jesus taught
  Fond fools, of yore, to love;
Give us Thy vengeance as our own–
  Thy pity, hide above!

Teach us to turn, with reeking hands,
  The pages of Thy word,
And learn the blessed curses there,
  On them that sheathe the sword.

Where’er we tread may deserts spring,
  ‘Till none are left to slay;
And when the last red drop is shed,
  We’ll kneel again–and pray!

~ The War-Christian’s Thanksgiving

WAR POETRY OF THE SOUTH

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 30, 2007 at 8:02 pm

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