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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
75. Jaws
 
 
SEVEN nations stood with their hands on the jaws of death.
It was the first week in August, Nineteen Hundred Fourteen.
I was listening, you were listening, the whole world was listening,
And all of us heard a Voice murmuring:
            “I am the way and the light,        5
            He that believeth on me
            Shall not perish
            But shall have everlasting life.”
Seven nations listening heard the Voice and answered:
            “O Hell!”        10
The jaws of death began clicking and they go on clicking.
            “O Hell!”
 

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