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They Have Yet to Arrive (midnight & noon)

There soon will come another time
O, nation that has strived
That war will rear its checkered face
From they who've not arrived
From places where they plot and scheme
Their deserts all and grand bazaar
Not with books or word give heed
But like a meteor and star

Yes, the war within your heart
Soon consumes the hearts of men
"There shall be no in-between"
Nor from them life comes again

I have seen this bitter struggle
First from Rome and then from they
"Kill and give" or "maim and slay"
All reducing, all to rubble

Look! The armies fill and gather
Men of war and crescent moon
They are skilled in ways of battle
Both at midnight and at noon

These are they with whom you travel
Those of peace and fettered love
Whom will sign for peace and letter
While fires rain above

I have seen a full empire
"Grab your arms and follow me!
Lands of milk and following honey
These I shall bestow to thee"

These are not, yet seeds are planted
Watch them bloom across the way
With the might of "nor" and "strangle"
On the Rhine they pass by day

They have not arrived in station
Yet their ranks are trained and calm
Warped in lines of "great superior"
Clothed in dress of their own palm

First the war shall come to "father"
Then to those across the sea
Then into your own backyard
To slaughter all, and liberty

I have spoken in advance
Twice the loans are quick to dry
Deserts march through grassy lands
There to fight or there to die

Calmly they amass their numbers
Hundreds, thousands, tens of tens
Conscripts of the virgin daughter
Picked for war and trained for slaughter

They are not, and not yet soon
Twice at midnight, twice at noon

I do not give ear to numbers
Though their knowledge soon prevails
Great and mighty men of valor
Winds with force within their sails

They have not arrived in counting
Those their kings will soon amass
"We have not endeavored onward"
Though you soon shall hear; alas
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