Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Carnage is God’s daughter.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto VIII. Stanza 9; in allusion to the following lines—
But thy most dreaded instrument
In working out a pure intent,
Is man array’d for mutual slaughter,
Yea, carnage is thy daughter.
Wordsworth.—Thanksgiving Ode.
[Judas and Simon Maccabeus in days of old, and Gustavus Adolphus in modern days, fighting for the violated rights of conscience against perfidious despots and murdering oppressors, exhibit to us the incarnation of Wordsworth’s principle.—De Quincey on this phrase: see his explanatory notes in his Miscellanies, page 7, title “War.”]