These fought in any case,
And some believing,
pro domo, in any case…
Some quick to arm,
some for adventure,
some from fear of weakness,
some from fear of censure,
some for love of slaughter, in imagination,
some in fear, learning love of slaughter;
Died some, pro patria,
non “dulce” not “et decor”…
walked eye-deep in hell
believing old men’s lies, then unbelieving
came home, home to a lie,
home to many deceits,
home to old lies and new infamy;
usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places.
Daring as never before, wastage as never before.
Young blood and high blood,
fair cheeks, and fine bodies;
fortitude as never before
frankness as never before,
disillusions as never told in the old days,
hysterias, trench confessions,
laughter out of dead bellies.
There died a myriad,
And of the best, among them,
For an old bitch gone in the teeth,
For a botched civilization,
Charm, smiling at the good mouth,
Quick eyes gone under earth’s lid,
For two gross of broken statues,
For a few thousand battered books.
Elaine: That is so true! Although one wonders if "War and Peace" would has been as highly acclaimed as it was if it was published under it's original name "War -- What Is It Good For?"
Elaine: Yes. Mr. Lippman. It was his mistress who insisted he called it "War and Peace." "War -- What Is It Good For."(sang) Absolutely nothin'! (spoken to Testikov) that's the song that they got from Tolstoy.
Lippman: I'm sorry, it's just her sense of humor.
(Elaine's organizer starts beeping) *
the substantial redeployments of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe before the 1944 invasion also lightened the load for the Soviet advance
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