„Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.“

—  Stephen Crane, Context: Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind. Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky And the affrighted steed ran on alone, Do not weep. War is kind. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War is Kind, No. 1, st. 1
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