Hymn Of The War Kings (Part 1)

by John Badger & The Moustache Riders of Doom

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Inspired by Gerald B. Breitigam's "Hymn of the War Kings," found in MOTHER EARTH, Vol. IX, February, 1915, No. 12.

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God of destruction, ruin, death,
Keep and attend us, helpmate be;
Grant that we blast with fiery breath
Our brother's men on land and sea;
Let us at last be set on high,
Kings over lands where poor fools bled!
Nor empty-handed do we cry --
Our offerings will be the dead.

Help the poor conscripts that we send
Into the battle's seething hell
To carve a path we may ascend.
What if they die then? It is well --
Their mangled corpses on the field
Will be for Thee our harvesting.
Will it not be a wholesome yield,
God of the battles, that we bring?

What is it, Lord, to Thee and us,
If famine stalk and starved mouths cry;
What is it, Lord, to Thee and us,
If families of these driven die;
If it so be that by such wrack
Thou hast Thy bleeding sacrifice?
If it so be that by such wrack
We are exalted in our eyes?

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released November 3, 2010

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