“Sonnet” by Alexander Robertson

by theliterarymaiden

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.