Few men were as gifted as was he;
His talents were both various and strong.
He could not doubt his worthy destiny
Though evil was to show him only wrongs.
No man had more foresight and virtue true.
He mused on his vocation and desires.
Yet history did not tell him what to do.
Nor aid him as he struggled in deep mire.
No man could better see the coming wars
Nor take action to seek a safer home.
Yet even he saw not the frightful pyres.
And the blasting out of ancient,holy homes
No wisdom,openness nor sense nor tact,
Prevents our culture’s suicidal sacks