Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|Farmer and Lawyer Again|
(From The Vision of Piers Plowman)
By William Langland
(One of the earliest of English social protests, a picture of the misery of the workers of the fourteenth century)
|SOME were for ploughing, and played full seldom,|
|Set their seed and sowed their seed and sweated hard,|
|To win what wastrels with gluttony destroy.
|There wandered a hundred in hoods of silk,|
|Serjeants they seemed, and served at the Bar,|| 5|
|Pleading the Law for pennies and for pounds,|
|Unlocking their lips never for love of our Lord.|
|Thou mightest better mete the mist on Malvern hills|
|Than get a mutter from their mouthssave thou show thy money!|