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What is the meaning of this line from the poem “Musee Des Beaux Arts”?

Having some trouble with what this line means.

“That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course”
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They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course

Since the poem is about the indifference the artist of Musee Des Beaux depicts in the suffering of someone drowning (amusingly taken from the Greek mythological Icarus), the poem’s speaker is saying in that line that martyrs who kill themselves in killing others is dreadful, I think except in defense of an attack of course, and soldiers or military people who’s job is to do that shouldn’t be given a word which means that what they did was commendable. It’s like the 3rd Reich, would most certainly have done the same, in calling their dead soldiers martyrs after their soldiers lost their lives while slaughtering innocent lives during WWII.

But you left out part of the phrase. It goes: “Even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course”..“in a corner” . . . because martyrdom does not require a stage or an audience; it can happen anywhere.

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