Even So, We Did What We Believed In

Music: Pieces en Concert -- Prelude, La Tromba, Air de Diable.
By Francois Couperin.
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Even so, we did what we believed in:
Treason, yes, perhaps, but with good cause.
History will judge by its own laws,
Each act within the sunlight of its season.
Love was what inspired us, a reason
As pure as any saint in Satan's jaws.
Nor was the god we worshipped through those wars
Demonized, as later all would see him.
Justice would not just sustain our guilt,
Undoing those who would undo a wrong,
Leaving us in lucid infamy.
Instead, it would remember what we willed
Under the illusion of a song
So beautiful it would the chained earth free.

Note: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed on July 19, 1953, for conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States.

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