Ah, History, man's lesson book, does teach
That 'truth' for which so few are apt to yearn:
What some astute observers dare to 'preach'
But for to stay what's likely to return.
Should any man (by plugging both his ears)
Ignore the past, he's likely to repeat
What (if repeated) resurrects the fears
That took so long in peacetime to defeat.
But many, by neglecting what is past,
In ignorance, dare open wide the door
And stand, as horrors manifest, aghast
When faced, again, with what they, too, deplore.
Ah, History, man's lesson book, a must,
Is left as (holy books) to gather dust!