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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
Intercessional, 1898
By McCready Sykes
GODKIN the Righteous, known of old,
  Priest of the nation’s moral health;
Within whose Post we daily read
  The gospel of the rights of wealth;
Great Evening Post, be with us yet,        5
Lest we forget; lest we forget.
The Tribune drools; the Sun is vile;
  The Journal and the World are lies;
Alone thy Post speaks forth the truth—
  Not humble, but divinely wise.        10
Omniscient Post, don’t leave us yet,
Lest we forget; lest we forget.
Far East our navy swats the foe;
  Manila falls beneath our fire;
We’re tempted, Larry, to exult—        15
  But chide us with thy caustic ire.
Great Evening Post, reprove us yet,
Lest we forget; lest we forget.
If, proud of Dewey, we cheer his name,
  And count the ships the Spaniards lost,        20
Such boastings as our fathers used—
  Benighted folks without the Post;
Godkin, be quick; remind us yet,
Lest we forget; lest we forget.
For Yankee heart that puts her trust        25
  In twenty-inch guns and armor plate,
And recognizeth not that all—
  Save Godkin—are degenerate;
For licking Spain and wicked brag;
Godkin, forgive thy country’s flag.        30

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