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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1942

The Liberal : Last Phase

The Liberal : Last Phase

We who sought truth desperately in far places
are forced to fall back from the old attack
and hide our faces.

We were not organised for death
as these were: therein lay
the subtle danger of the middle way.

We cherished still a "superiority of mind",
disdaining force:
and so were ultimately left behind,
of course

The casual sloth of our interminable arguments
left us unready for the onward march
of great events;

They brought the bomber and the tank to bear
on our untried hypotheses, and these
were taken unaware.

"As being in a different category,
incomparable", we said;
but we were then already dead.

And though unquestionably we meant well
we found no nearer parallel.

Anton Vogt.