Thomas Campion: Upright man needs neither towers nor armour

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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British writers on peace and war

Thomas Campion: Then bloody swords and armour should not be

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Thomas Campion
Excerpt

The man of life upright,
Whose guiltless heart is free,
From all dishonest deeds
Or thought of vanity.

The man whose silent days
In harmless joys are spent,
Whom hopes cannot delude
Nor sorrow discontent:

That man needs neither towers
Nor armour for defence,
Nor secret vaults to fly
From thunder’s violence…

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