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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
Light Upon Waldheim

By Voltairine De Cleyre

(From his Will. American anarchist writer, 1866–1912. Waldheim is a cemetery in Chicago, where the executed Anarchists were buried. Upon the monument is the figure of a woman holding a dying man upon her knees, with one hand pressing a crown upon his forehead, and with the other drawing a dagger)
LIGHT upon Waldheim! And the earth is gray;
  A bitter wind is driving from the north;
The stone is cold, and strange cold whispers say:
  “What do ye here with Death? Go forth! Go forth!”
Is this thy word, O Mother, with stern eyes,        5
  Crowning thy dead with stone-caressing touch?
May we not weep o’er him that martyred lies,
  Slain in our name, for that he loved us much?
May we not linger till the day is broad?
  Nay, none are stirring in this stinging dawn—        10
None but poor wretches that make no moan to God:
  What use are these, O thou with dagger drawn?
“Go forth, go forth! Stand not to weep for these,
  Till, weakened with your weeping, like the snow
Ye melt, dissolving in a coward peace!”        15
  Light upon Waldheim! Brother, let us go!

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