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The Children (1995)

The Children

Upon the street they lie
Beside the broken stone:
The blood of children stares from the broken stone.
Death came out of the sky
In the bright afternoon:
Darkness slanted over the bright afternoon.
Again the sky is clear
But upon earth a stain:
The earth is darkened with a darkening stain:
A wound which everywhere
Corrupts the hearts of men:
The blood of children corrupts the hearts of men.
Silence is in the air:
The stars move to their places:
Silent and serene the stars move to their places.

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Sir James Loy MacMillan, CBE (b. 1959) is a Scottish classical composer and conductor.

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William Soutar was a Scottish poet from Perthshire.

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