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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Hate That Drum's Discordant Sound

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I hate that drum's discordant sound,
Parading round, and round, and round:
To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields,
And lures from cities and from fields,
To sell their liberty for charms
Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms;
And when Ambition's voice commands,
To march, and fight, and fall, in foreign lands.

I hate that drum's discordant sound,
Parading round, and round, and round:
To me it talks of ravag'd plains,
And burning town, and ruin'd swains,
And mangl'd limbs, and dying groans,
And widow's tears, and orphan's moans;
And all the Misery's hand bestows,
To fill the catalogue of human woes.

John Scott (1730 - 1783)

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