Excerpt from Peace: And Other Poems Peace. I. With Peace returned, and Reason's even swayOnce more resumed within the balanced mind, Tell, Muse! the cause why, in such dread array, This age of light and loftier hopes should findMen armed in deadly conflict with their kind;Why brethren, in a land so truly free, Thought, purpose, act, enjoyment unconfined, Should meet again in hostile rivalry, As erst, in former years and climes beyond the sea. II. Was it for this our fathers crossed the main?For this they founded, on a distant shore, New forms of government, where Peace should reignAnd shower her choicest blessings evermore?If such the fruits their labors, sufferings bore, Alas! for hope upon this dreary earth!That blissful period, prophesied of yore, The long millenial reign, the rule of worth, When nations shall not war, will never know a birth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.