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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
Cry of the People

By John G. Neihardt

(Western poet and novelist, born 1881)
 
TREMBLE before your chattels,
  Lords of the scheme of things!
Fighters of all earth’s battles,
  Ours is the might of kings!
Guided by seers and sages,        5
  The world’s heart-beat for a drum,
Snapping the chains of ages,
  Out of the night we come!
 
Lend us no ear that pities!
  Offer no almoner’s hand!        10
Alms for the builders of cities!
  When will you understand?
Down with your pride of birth
  And your golden gods of trade!
A man is worth to his mother, Earth,        15
  All that a man has made!
 
We are the workers and makers!
  We are no longer dumb!
Tremble, O Shirkers and Takers!
  Sweeping the earth—we come!        20
Ranked in the world-wide dawn,
  Marching into the day!
The night is gone and the sword is drawn
  And the scabbard is thrown away!
 
 
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