broad rivers turned, fair villages destroyed.
Ruin reigned everywhere.
Need one wonder that scars are left?
The rent and blackened walls of Atlanta
have not disappeared.
It is in vain to dream that the moral sores are healed.
Wounds inflicted in a civil strife last long.
Israel was divided for ever by her war of tribes.
For ages the contest of patricians and plebeians stopped the growth of Rome
Internal feuds gave Seville
to the Moor and Dublin
to the Saxon
Street conflicts opened Constantinople
to the Turk.
Religious conflicts weakened Germany
The raid on Freiburg
by the Swiss volunteers is still resented by the Catholic Cantons
But the direst form of civil war is that which has a social or a servile cause.
Long years elapsed ere Rome
recovered from her tug with Spartacus
English society was shaken by Cade
Munzer's rising is still recalled with horror by the people of Wurtzburg and Rothenburg.
The French wars of the communists, the Spanish
wars of the comunidades, are not ended yet. Last year, at Cartagena
, we heard the names and passwords used by Padilla in the reign of Charles the Fifth.