Framed as a prayer to God, this is a passionate meditation on war and the moral culpability of societies who prosecute war, and a plea for peace.
A poem in twelve numbered, untitled parts. It first appeared in December 1916 in the Book Lover, with the word 'weary' in the title. It was published with the new title in Eyes ofVigilance (1920) Source: Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. Miller asserts that the poem was completely revised for its reissue in 1920 as 'To God: From the Warring Nations.'
Hugh Anderson in Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice) A Bibliography and a Criticism (1955) states: 'This was the first separate publication under the name Furnley Maurice.'
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A Reader's NotebookNettie Palmer,
1930single work review — Appears in:
All About Books,19 Aprilvol.
41930;(p. 91-92)In addition to her reviews Palmer comments at length on the re-issue of many war books and the success of London-based Queensland publishers Lindsay, Partridge and P.R. Stephenson.