They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4
Words: Adapted from Henry W. Longfellow’s anti-war poem The Arsenal at Springfield, published in The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems, 1845. The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, was home to a large armory.
Down the dark future, through long generations,
The sounds of war grow fainter and then cease;
And like a bell with solemn, sweet vibrations,
I hear once more the voice of Christ say,
Peace! and no longer, from its brazen portals,
The blast of war’s great organ shakes the skies!
But beautiful as songs of the immortals,
The holy melodies of love arise.