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Above the Battle

"Fair"[1] which obstructed Paris that it was not France. I say to-day to the German Fair, "You are not the true Germany." There exists another Germany juster and more humane, whose ambition is not to dominate the world by force and guile, but to absorb in peace everything great in the thought of other races, and in return to reflect the harmony. With that Germany there is no dispute; we are not her enemies, we are the enemies of those who have almost succeeded in making the world forget that she still lives.

October 1914.

Édition des Cahiers Vaudois 10e cahier, 1914 (Lausanne, C. Tarin).

  1. Jean-Christophe, part v, "La Foire sur la Place." In vol. iii of the English version.—Trans.