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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Shane Leslie. 1886–
 
137. The Pater of the Cannon
 
FATHER of the thunder, 
  Flinger of the flame, 
Searing stars asunder, 
  Hallowed be Thy Name! 
  
By the sweet-sung quiring         5
  Sister bullets hum, 
By our fiercest firing, 
  May Thy Kingdom come! 
  
By Thy strong apostle 
  Of the Maxim gun,  10
By his pentecostal 
  Flame, Thy Will be done! 
  
Give us, Lord, good feeding 
  To Thy battles sped— 
Flesh, white grained and bleeding,  15
  Give for daily bread! 
 
 
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