THE OLD LIE: IT IS SWEET AND LOVELY TO DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY
by Ted Schmidt
If you could hear at every jolt the blood
Come gurgling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, -
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
If God in Christ reconciled His enemies by suffering servanthood, then those who want to follow Christ faithfully dare not treat their enemies in any
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