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

By Bolton Hall

(American lawyer and single-taxer, born 1854)
 
        They sheared the lamb twelve times a year,
          To get some money to buy some beer;
        The lamb thought this was extremely queer—
          Poor little snow-white lamb!—OLD SONG.

“GOD tempers the wind to the shorn lamb,” said the deacon.
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  “I will shut the gate of the field so as to keep him warm,” said the philanthropist.  2
  “If you give me the tags of wool,” said the charity clipper, “I’ll let the poor creature have half.”  3
  “The lambs we have always with us,” said the wool broker.  4
  “Lambs must always be shorn,” said the business man; “hand me the shears.”  5
  “We should leave him enough wool to make him a coat,” said the profit sharer.  6
  “His condition is improving,” said the land owner, “for his fleece will be longer next year.”  7
  “We should prohibit cutting his flesh when we shear,” said the legislator.  8
  “But I intend,” said the radical, “to stop this shearing.”  9
  The others united to throw him out; then they divided the wool.  10
 
 
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