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|“When Augustus Caesar legislated against the unmarried|
citizens of Rome, he declared them to be, in some sort, slayers
of the people.”
Ah! no, not these! |
These, who were childless, are not they who gave
So many dead unto the journeying wave,
The helpless nurslings of the cradling seas;
Not they who doomed by infallible decrees
Unnumbered man to the innumerable grave.
But those who slay |
Are fathers. Theirs are armies. Death is theirs
The death of innocences and despairs;
The dying of the golden and the grey.
The sentence, when these speak it, has no Nay.
And she who slays is she who bears, who bears.
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