Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|Captive Good Attending Captain Ill|
(Athenian tragic poet, 480 or 485406 B.C.; the most modern of ancient writers. Translation by John Addington Symonds)
|DOTH some one say that there be gods above?|
|There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool,|
|Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you.|
|Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words|
|No undue credence; for I say that kings|| 5|
|Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud,|
|And doing thus are happier than those|
|Who live calm pious lives day after day.|
|How many little states that serve the gods|
|Are subject to the godless but more strong,|| 10|
|Made slaves by might of a superior army!|