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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
34. Three Counsellors
 
 
IT was the fairy of the place,
Moving within a little light,
Who touched with dim and shadowy grace
The conflict at its fever height.
 
It seemed to whisper “Quietness,”        5
Then quietly itself was gone:
Yet echoes of its mute caress
Were with me as the years went on.
 
It was the warrior within
Who called “Awake, prepare for fight:        10
Yet lose not memory in the din:
Make of thy gentleness thy might:
 
“Make of thy silence words to shake
The long-enthroned kings of earth:
Make of thy will the force to break        15
Their towers of wantonness and mirth.”
 
It was the wise all-seeing soul
Who counselled neither war nor peace:
“Only be thou thyself that goal
In which the wars of time shall cease.”        20
 

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