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Will We Never Have Peace?

"...I see nothing but soldiers, but horses and gear,

I hear nothing but discourse of conquest and arms

I hear nothing but trumpets and battle-alarms,

Naught but blood and anger do I see, do I hear.


The princes play with our lives today;

When our lives like our goods they have stolen away

Neither power nor care will they have to restore.


Unhappy are we to live under these stars

Surrounded by evils, afflicted by war;

Theirs is the guilt; but the sorrow is ours.""


---by Olivier de Magny French (1529 -1560), "Sonnet: To the Castle At Gordes", translated from the French by Scott Bates

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Taken on January 7, 2007