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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

God’s War

By Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793–1866)

HIS mighty weapon drawing,

God smites the world he loves;

Thus, worthy of him growing,

She his reflection proves.

God’s war like lightning striking,

The heart’s deep core lays bare,

Which fair grows to his liking

Who is supremely fair.

Escapes no weakness shame,

No hid, ignoble feeling;

But when his thunder pealing

Enkindles life’s deep flame,

And water clear upwelleth,

Flowing unto its goal,

God’s grand cross standing, telleth

His truth unto the soul.

Sing, God’s war, earth that shakes!

Sing, sing the peace he makes!