THE TRADE OF WAR. BY ERNEST JONES.
Nations, like men, too oft are given to roam,
And seek abroad, what they could find at home.
They send their armies out on ventures far;
[Their] [1 word illegible] – havoc, and their journey – war;
Destruction’s [traders] ! who, to start their trade,
[4 words illegible], metal from the spade.
The interest’s – blood; the capital is – life;
The debt is – vengeance; the instalment – strife;
The [payment’s] ? – [death] ; and the wounds are the receipt;
The market’s – battle; and the whole – a cheat.