“Sonnet” by Alexander Robertson

by theliterarymaiden

Sonnet
Alexander Robertson
From Last Poems of Alexander Robertson, 1918

The French general was right who said “The man who planned this war has the soul of a devil”

I dreamed that Dante to a bard unborn
The horrors of the Inferno did display,
The agonies of spirits deemed forlorn
Beyond the power of Godhead to allay:
They were but twain whose self-inflicted fate
Was pain eternal as the hate they bore
Towards the Eternal Power whom our estate,
By Him assumed, revealed as love much more—
One had the Christ betrayed; the other wrought
Iniquity beyond him—millions slain
Whom the Christ died for, cherishing the thought
Of his own glory. So that dreadful twain
He saw,—the changeless anguish of their lot:
And one was Judas, called Iscariot.

The subject of the poem is the present German Emperor.

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