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

By William Watson

(English poet, conspicuous for his courage in opposing the Boer war; 1858–1935)
 
HERE, while the tide of conquest rolls
  Against the distant golden shore,
The starved and stunted human souls
  Are with us more and more.
 
Vain is your Science, vain your Art,        5
  Your triumphs and your glories vain,
To feed the hunger of their heart
  And famine of their brain.
 
Your savage deserts howling near,
  Your wastes of ignorance, vice, and shame,—        10
Is there no room for victories here,
  No fields for deeds of fame?
 
Arise and conquer while ye can
  The foe that in your midst resides,
And build within the mind of Man        15
  The Empire that abides.
 
 
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