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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
(From “Songs of Joy”)

By William H. Davies

(An English poet whose “Autobiography of a Super-tramp” was given to the world with an introduction by Bernard Shaw)
YE Liberals and Conservatives,
Have pity on our human lives,
  Waste not more blood on human strife;
Until we know some way to use
This human blood we take or lose,        5
  ’Tis sin to sacrifice our life.
When pigs are stuck we save their blood
And make puddings for our food,
  The sweetest and the cheapest meat;
And many a woman, man and boy        10
Have ate those puddings with great joy,
  And oft-times in the open street.
Let’s not have war till we can make,
Of this sweet life we lose or take,
  Some kind of pudding of man’s gore;        15
So that the clergy in each parish
May save the lives of those that famish
  Because meat’s dear and times are poor.

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