|First Day of the St. Mihiel Offensive|
in Philadelphia in the World War 1914-1919 (1922)
WAR has its field of blood—heart-breaking War—"Art and War" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Bellman (9 Jan 1915) and Poems (1916) Volume II.
Wherein to rule with undisputed sway
Throughout its own mad, self-exhausting day.
There, where it rashly sacrifices more
Than laboring Time may ever quite restore,
Shall it amid red welter and decay
Strive horribly; but let it not essay
To enter where Peace guards the Future's door!
War has nor right, nor privilege, nor part
In lives high-dedicate the world to bind
Through love and hope and the great dream of Art!
All Lands to such are Fatherland; they find
In alien realms love's grateful, welcoming heart—
They, chosen of the Gods to bless mankind!
|As published in The Bellman (9 January 1915)|