A Speech to the Warrior
Recall the men who died on that day
remember that city besieged and lain to ruin.
Do not dishearten and cower before them
but fear them and oppose them,
those of their kind who would oppress you
and rob you of your freedom.
Do it not for the person next to you,
not for the one you consider your rival
nor the weak among you who do little but fear and stand idle
but do this as a brother, as a husband, as a son
as a father would to protect those whom he loves
from those who seek to oppress freedom.
Do not wait for them to reach the doorway
of your homes where they will destroy and violate
your sanctuary and your entire legacy.
Fear them for they would destroy all that you love,
oppose them because you should hate them
and hate them because they fear and know not mercy,
destroy them as they had tried to destroy you,
break them for they sought to rob you
and slay them because they would do the same to you.