73- Song to the men of England.
1. Men of England, wherefore plough For the lords who lay ye low? Wherefore weave with toil and care The rich robes your tyrants wear ?
2. Wherefore feed and clothe and save, From the cradle to the grave, Those ungrateful drones who would
Drain your sweat — nay, drink your blood.
3. Wherefore, Bees of England, forge Many a weapon, chain and scourge, That these stingless drones may spoil The forced produce of your toil?
4. Have ye leisure, comfort, calm, Shelter, food, love's gentle balm? Or what it is ye buy so dear With your pain and with your fear?
5. The seed ye sow another reaps; The wealth ye find another keeps; The robes ye weave another wears; The arms ye forge another bears.
6. Sow seed — but let no tyrant reap; Find wealth — let no impostor heap; Weave robes — let not the idle wear; Forge arms — in your defence to bear.
7. Shrink to your cellars, holes, and cells; In halls ye deck another dwells.
Why shake ye the chains ye wrought? Ye see The steel ye tempered glance on ye.
8. With plough and spade, and hoe and loom, Tracé your grave, and build your tomb, And weave your winding-sheet, till fair England be your sepulchre.
Hood's Song of the shirt; The Workhouse Clock; Blake's Holy Thursday; Gautier's Vieux de la Vieille; Potgieter's Veteranen Klagt; 't Was maar een weesje e.d.