The Demon Of War
( Originally Published 1916 )
September 7, 1915.
THE Demon of War suffers, as he has caused millions to suffer. There is no pity for him, Justice has done her work, Christ the Crucified has not shed His blood for this monster. He, the Prince of Peace, bears no love for the son of Satan.
Upon the edge of the flaming pit there stand some of the wise men of immortal memory, men whose lives and works have guided the progress of true civilisation into the noblest regions of thought.
High-minded Homer ; God's messenger from Sinai, patient Moses ; truthful Socrates ; the highest in subtle intellect, Aristotle ; sweetest of Roman singers, Virgil ; grave patriot, Dante.
These Princes of real culture see that Justice has been done, that the would-be destroyer of Liberty has received the punishment for unforgivable crimes.
I dedicate this design to the great Italian people who won their liberty, and are fighting for an Ideal.