Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|The Dead to the Living|
By Ferdinand Freiligrath
(German revolutionary poet, 18101876. Part of a poem written after the uprising of 1848, in Berlin, when the people marched past the palace-gates with their slain, and compelled the king to stand upon the balcony and take off his hat to the bodies)
|WITH bullets through and through our breastour forehead split with pike and spear,|
|So bear us onward shoulder high, laid dead upon a blood-stained bier;|
|Yea, shoulder-high above the crowd, that on the man that bade us die,|
|Our dreadful death-distorted face may be a bitter curse for aye;|
|That he may see it day and night, or when he wakes, or when he sleeps,|| 5|
|Or when he opes his holy book, or when with wine high revel keeps;|
|That always each disfeatured face, each gaping wound his sight may sear,|
|And brood above his bed of death, and curdle all his blood with fear!|