previous next

22. war Sonnet.

oh, God of Nations! whose august decree,
     Thundering through revolutions, fire, and smoke,
Raised from our sainted sires a foreign yoke,
     And lifted up our land sublimely free;
God of the Nations! once again to Thee,
     War-clad, we come, Thy vengeance to invoke,
To save Thy country, stricken with a stroke
     More dire than any foreign foe can be,
Because more shameless in its infamy.
     Oh, Thou! who through the patriots' heart of oak
The fetters of a far-off slavery broke,
     Break now this home-forged, linked iniquity,
And all these traitors' hands and hearts uncloak--
     Aye, though with blood yon “sacred soil” we soak.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: