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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
Shipbuilders
 
Arthur Stanwood Pier
 
 
THE GERMAN people reared them
  An idol made of wood;
And Hindenburg before them
  Lifelike and stupid stood.
 
To clothe him all in iron        5
  And thus his soul express,
With nails and spikes they covered
  His wooden nakedness.
 
And when they, thus had clothed him
  All in a suit of mail,        10
Still came they, wild-eyed, looking
  For space to drive a nail.
 
Whenever Teuton airmen
  Slay boys and girls at play,
Or U-boats, drowning babies,        15
  Create a holiday.
 
Then, gathering round their statue,
  A happy German throng
Drive nails into the idol
  To make him still more strong.        20
 
Avenge the babes, shipbuilders,
  That on the seas have died;
Avenge the little children
  Murdered for Wilhelm’s pride.
 
Come, gather at the shipyards,        25
  And let your hammers ring,
For more than ships and cargoes
  Waits on your fashioning.
 
Come, gather at the shipyards;
  With every bolt you drive        30
Bethink you ’tis the Kaiser
  Whose brutish head you rive.
 
Come, gather at the shipyards,
  And swing with might and main;
’Tis Tirpitz and the Crown Prince        35
  That you to-day have slain.
 
Come, gather at the shipyards,
  And heat the metal hot,
For it is Bethmann Hollweg
  You’re boiling in the pot.        40
 
Come, gather at the shipyards,—
  And when the day is done,
You’ve spent it in driving spikes,
  In Hindenburg the Hun.
 
Come, gather at the shipyards,        45
  And toil with healthy hate,
For only you can save the world,
  The Hun is at the gate.
 

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