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

By Robert Buchanan

(English novelist and dramatist, 1814–1901)
 
NOT Baal, but Christus-Jingo! Heir
   Of him who once was crucified!
The red stigmata still are there,
  The crimson spear-wounds in the side;
But raised aloft as God and Lord,        5
He holds the Money-bag and Sword.
 
See, underneath the Crown of Thorn,
  The eye-balls fierce, the features grim!
And merrily from night to morn
  We chaunt his praise and worship him        10
Great Christus-Jingo, at whose feet
Christian and Jew and Atheist meet!
 
A wondrous god! most fit for those
  Who cheat on ’Change, then creep to prayer;
Blood on his heavenly altar flows,        15
  Hell’s burning incense fills the air,
And Death attests in street and lane
The hideous glory of his reign.
 
O gentle Jew, from age to age
  Walking the waves thou could’st not tame,        20
This god hath ta’en thy heritage,
  And stolen thy sweet and stainless Name!
To him we crawl and bend the knee,
Naming thy Name, but scorning Thee!
 
 
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