Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968). The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
The Sons of Martha
By Rudyard Kipling
(Under this title the English poet has written a striking picture of the social chasm. He figures the worlds toilers as the Sons of Martha, who, because their mother was rude to the Lord, her Guest, are condemned forever to unrequited toil. It is their care in all the ages to take the buffet and cushion the shock. The poem goes on to tell of the ignorance and torment in which they livewhile the Sons of Mary, who have inherited that good part, live in ease upon their toil.
They sit at the Feet and they hear the Wordthey know how truly the Promise runs.
They have cast their burden upon the Lord, andthe Lord he lays it on Marthas Sons.
But it appears that for a long period of years Mr. Kipling has refused to permit this radical poem to be reprinted. Under the circumstances, all that the editor can do is to state that it may be found in the files of the New York Tribune and other newspapers throughout America having the service of the Associated Sunday Magazines, on April 28, 1907. The editor ventures to doubt if there exists a more dangerous social force than the man of genius who turns his divine gift to the crushing of the efforts of his fellowmen for justice)
THE SONS OF MARY seldom bother, for they have inherited that good part;
But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother of the careful soul and the troubled heart.
And because she lost her temper once, and because she was rude to the Lord her Guest,
Her Sons must wait upon Marys Sons, world without end, reprieve, or rest.
It is their care in all the ages to take the buffet and cushion the shock.