Quotation by John Jerome Rooney

The steel decks rock with the lightning shock, and shake with the
great recoil,
And the sea grows red with the blood of the dead and reaches for his spoil—
But not till the foe has gone below or turns his prow and runs,
Shall the voice of peace bring sweet release to the men behind the
guns!
John Jerome Rooney (1866–1934), U.S. poet. The Men behind the Guns (l. 21–24). . .

Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
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