Nonfiction > Upton Sinclair, ed. > The Cry for Justice

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

THERE was a little beggar maid
  Who wed a king long, long ago;
Of course the taste that he displayed
  Was criticised by folks who know
Just what formalities and things        5
Are due to beggar maids and kings.
But straight the monarch made reply:
  “There is small difference, as I live,
Between our stations! She and I
  Subsist on what the people give.        10
We do not toil with strength and skill,
And, pleasing Heaven, never will.”

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