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The War Prayer
Mark Twain

During the beginning of an unnamed war, a town’s people gather at church. While the minister is praying for a fast victory and asking god to bless the soldier’s arms, he is interrupted by a stranger. This man speaks his own sermon and reminds the people of the fact that a quick victory and blessed arms for them consequently means death and defeat for the other side.

· · 1904

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Twain, Mark. The War Prayer. Harper Colophon, 2001. 4 pp., ISBN 9780060911133

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