Workers Pledge in Time of War.
(from “At Grips With War” by Guy Aldred)
I refuse to kill any child’s father.
I refuse to slay any mother’s son.
I refuse to plunge the bayonet into the breast of any
woman’s brother, lover, or mate.
I refuse to murder and deem the slaughter glory.
I refuse to butcher with the hands that were intended to
serve and to caress.
I refuse to soak the earth with blood and blind my reason
I refuse to assassinate another man and then hide my
stained fists in the folds of a bloodstained flag.
I refuse to be flattered, cajoled, or driven into hell’s
nightmare by a class of well-fed snobs, crooks
and cowards who despise my class socially, rob
my class economically, and betray and oppress it
politically. Let militarism do its worst, I refuse
to serve, I decline to kill.