"War is our homeland, our hauberk is our house."
—Soldiers' saying from the Thirty Years War
Entire, more than entire we have been devastated!
The maddened clarion, the bold invaders' horde
The mortar thunder-voiced, the blood-annointed sword
Have all men's sweat and work and store annihilated.
The towers stand in flames, the church is violated
The strong are massacred, a ruin our council board
Our maidens are raped, and where my eyes have scarce explored
Fire, pestilence and death my heart have dominated.
—-Andreas Gryphius, "Tears of the Fatherland, Anno Domini 1636"