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The Parable of the Old Man and the Young
A willfred Owen poem for Armistice/Veterans Day

Below is a poem by Willfred Owen appropriate for this Armistice/Veterans Day. Owen fought in World War I and died on November 4, 1918, a mere seven days before the armistice that brought the war to an end.

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb, for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
And builded parapets and trenches there,
And stretchèd forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! an Angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not they hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him, thy son.
Behold! Caught in a thicket by its horns,
A Ram. Offer the Ram of Pride instead.
But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

More of Owen's poetry can be found at http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/jtap/warpoems.htm




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