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In Arms We Trust

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 10, 2013

In Arms We Trust

By Claude Weimer

In God we trust. The words that shout
But empty phrases we repeat,
While in our plans we let God out
And put our trust in fort and fleet.

As nations we forget the crash
Of pompous hosts that march no more,
Whose power was broken like the dash
Of waves upon some rocky shore.

In arms we trust, in arms that burst
In thundering hatred overhead;
And, wreathing graves that war has cursed,
We plead God’s blessing on our dead.

We hesitate to do His will,
Afraid of faith our lips confess,
A faith if kept, more potent still
Than all the arms we now possess.

(1936)



3 Comments »

  1. A foreshadowing of Pres. Kimball’s great address, “The False Gods we Worship”

    We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships, planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and deliverance.

    Comment by kevinf — October 10, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  2. 1936 is not an unlikely year for the publication of such a poem.

    Comment by Adam G. — October 10, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

  3. I’ve tried to find out who Claude Weimer was, but haven’t found anything definitive yet. There was a book of poems written by a Claude Weimer which was published in 1916, and American Poetry Magazine published a poem written by a Claude Weimer of California a few years after that. The style is similar to the one in the original post, so I suspect that the same man wrote both of them.

    I don’t believe that there’s any family relation, but it is sadly ironic that a Pfc Claude E. Weimer, born in Maryland in 1916, was killed in action in France on June 9, 1944. He was in the 115th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. Another of the regiments in the 29th Division, the 116th, had landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, suffering heavy casualties, and the rest of the division, including Pfc Weimer’s regiment, had landed by June 7. But his time in France lasted a mere two days.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 10, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

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