Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|To a Foild European Revolutionaire|
By Walt Whitman
(Americas most original and creative poet, 18191892; printer and journalist, during the war an army nurse, and later a government clerk, discharged for publishing what his superiors considered an indecent book)
|NOT songs of loyalty alone are these,|
|But songs of insurrection also.|
|For I am the sworn poet of every dauntless rebel, the world over,|
|And he going with me leaves peace and routine behind him,|
|And stakes his life, to be lost at any moment.
|When liberty goes out of a place, it is not the first to go, nor the second or third to go,|
|It waits for all the rest to goit is the last.|
|When there are no more memories of martyrs and heroes,|
|And when all life, and all the souls of men and women are discharged from any part of the earth,|
|Then only shall liberty, or the idea of liberty, be discharged from that part of the earth,|| 10|
|And the infidel come into full possession.|