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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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Peace Preferable to War
"E. C."
The European Magazine, XXIV (October 1793), p. 301

God grant us joyful Peace, our choicest treasure,
She gives to Life fair Study's worthy leisure,
And wakes thy holy fear, with chasten'd pleasure
                                     Mildly combining.

The Arts around her fecund bosom clinging,
View Justice flourish, peopled cities springing,
And Piety, each moral Virtue bringing,
                                     In honour shining.

Where War appears Integrity is blasted,
Law overthrown, Religion's joy untasted,
While Probity flies, trembling, sad and wasted,
                                     'Midst desolation.

Long may our Monarch live, his country loving,
With golden Peace thro' all her vallies moving,
And Heav'n itself like Briton's sons approving,
                                    Hail! happy nation.


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September 2004