DEMOCRATIC POEMS

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The Sentence Of John L. Brown

Ho! thou who seekest late and long
A License from the Holy Book
For brutal lust and fiendish wrong,
Man of the Pulpit, look!
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
A Democratic Hymn

Republicans of differing views
Are pro or con protection;
If that's the issue they would choose,
Why, we have no objection.
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Eugene Field

Eugene Field
A Letter

'TIS over, Moses! All is lost!
I hear the bells a-ringing;
Of Pharaoh and his Red Sea host
I hear the Free-Wills singing.*
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Unarmed

Saint Peter sat at the jasper gate,
When Stephen M. White arrived in state.

'Admit me.' 'With pleasure,' Peter said,
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Ambrose Bierce
Color-caste-denomination

970

Colorâ??Casteâ??Denominationâ??
Theseâ??are Time's Affairâ??
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Pretty Halcyon Days

How pleasant to sit on the beach,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
With ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!
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Ogden Nash
An American Addresses Philomela

Procne, Philomela, and Itylus,
Your names are liquid, your improbable tale
Is recited in the classic numbers of the nightingale.
Ah, but our numbers are not felicitous,
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John Crowe Ransom
The Proud Farmer

[In memory of E. S. Frazee, Rush County, Indiana]


Into the acres of the newborn state
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Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay
Accordion

Some carol of the banjo, to its measure keeping time;
Of viol or of lute some make a song.
My battered old accordion, you're worthy of a rhyme,
You've been my friend and comforter so long.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Color'caste'denomination

970

Color-Caste-Denomination-
These-are Time's Affair-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Git-yer-gun

Thus it happened .... Let me mention, lest I raise an unsought quarrel,
This occurred in times long vanished, in the land of Git-yer-gun.
'Tis a quaint, unlikely story; some folk say it has a moral;
But that's a little matter you may settle when I'm done.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
To An Artist

YOU tell me these great lords have raised up Art?
I say they have degraded it. Look you,
When ever did they let the Poet sing,
The Painter paint, the Sculptor hew and cast,
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Francis William Lauderdale Adams
The Squatter-s Daughter

OUT in the west, where runs are wide,
And days than ours are hotter,
Not very far from Lachlan Side
There dwelt a wealthy squatter.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Poet And The Woodlouse

Said a poet to a woodlouse, "Thou art certainly my brother;
I discern in thee the markings of the fingers of the Whole;
And I recognize, in spite of all the terrene smut and smother,
In the colours shaded off thee, the suggestions of a soul.
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Bothie Of Tober-na-vuolich - Ix

A Long-Vacation Pastoral


IX
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
Rantoul

One day, along the electric wire
His manly word for Freedom sped;
We came next morn: that tongue of fire
Said only, 'He who spake is dead!'
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
My Lady Is Compared To A Young Tree

When I see a young tree
In its white beginning,
With white leaves
And white buds
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Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay
The Squatter's Daughter

Out in the west, where runs are wide,
And days than ours are hotter,
Not very far from Lachlan Side
There dwelt a wealthy squatter.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Briny Grave

You wonder why so many would be buried in the sea,
In this world of froth and bubble,
But I donâ??t wonder, for it seems to me
That it saves such a lot of trouble.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Martyred Democrat

In Lady Lusher's drawing-room, where float the strains of Brahms,
While cultured caterpillars chew the leaves of potted palms
In Lady Lusher's drawing-room, upon a summer's day,
The democrats of Toorak met to pass an hour away.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Mr. Dana, Of The New York Sun

Thar showed up out'n Denver in the spring uv '81
A man who'd worked with Dana on the Noo York Sun.
His name wuz Cantell Whoppers, 'nd he wuz a sight ter view
Ez he walked inter the orfice 'nd inquired fer work ter do.
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Eugene Field

Eugene Field
To The Right Honourable Francis Earl Of Huntington

I

The wise and great of every clime,
Through all the spacious walks of Time,
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Mark Akenside

Mark Akenside
Lowther

Lowther! in thy majestic Pile are seen
Cathedral pomp and grace, in apt accord
With the baronial castle's sterner mien;
Union significant of God adored,
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
The Rhyme Of The O'sullivan And Pro Bono Publico

Pro Bono Publico
Went out the streets to scan,
And marching to and fro
He met a seedy man,
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Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
Gone Down

To the voters of Glen Innes 'twas O'Sullivan that went,
To secure the country vote for Mister Hay.
So he told 'em what he'd borrowed, and he told 'em what he'd spent,
Though extravagance had blown it all away.
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Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
Gone Down

To the voters of Glen Innes 'twas O'Sullivan that went,
To secure the country vote for Mister Hay.
So he told 'em what he'd borrowed, and he told 'em what he'd spent,
Though extravagance had blown it all away.
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Banjo Paterson
Accordion

Some carol of the banjo, to its measure keeping time;
Of viol or of lute some make a song.
My battered old accordion, you're worthy of a rhyme,
You've been my friend and comforter so long.
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Robert William Service
The Liberal Constitution

Jack Sprat would eat no fat,
His wife would eat no lean,
And so, betwixt them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
One's Self I Sing

One's-Self I sing, a simple separate person,
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.
Of physiology from top to toe I sing,
Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse,
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Mr Dana, Of The New York Sun

Thar showed up out'n Denver in the spring uv ‘81
A man who'd worked with Dana on the Noo York Sun.
His name wuz Cantell Whoppers, ‘nd he wuz a sight ter view
Ez he walked inter the orfice ‘nd inquired fer work ter do.
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Eugene Field

Eugene Field
The Tariff On Tin

Monarch of Hannah's rocking-chair,
With unclipped beard and unkempt hair,
Sitting at ease by the kitchen fire,
Nor heeding the wind and the driving sleet,
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Hanford Lennox Gordon
Longfellow

In a great land, a new land, a land full of labour
and riches and confusion,
Where there were many running to and fro, and
shouting, and striving together,
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Henry Van Dyke
Haw!

'Haw! Good fellow I'm not doubting
Your intentions are all right,
And your general appearance
Is intelligent and bright;
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
The Ballad Of Mabel Clare

Ye children of the Land of Gold,
I sing a song to you,
And if the jokes are somewhat old,
The main idea is new.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
As A Strong Bird On Pinious Free

AS a strong bird on pinions free,
Joyous, the amplest spaces heavenward cleaving,
Such be the thought I'd think to-day of thee, America,
Such be the recitative I'd bring to-day for thee.
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
In Former Songs

IN former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful
Life,
But here I twine the strands of Patriotism and Death.

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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
One's Self I Sing

ONE'S-SELF I sing--a simple, separate Person;
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse.

Of Physiology from top to toe I sing;
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
The Rhyme Of The O'sullivan

Pro Bono Publico
Went out the streets to scan,
And marching to and fro
He met a seedy man,
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Banjo Paterson
Jones M.p.

It was thus in the beginning: With a sporting chance of winning,
Jones contested an election years ago.
He was young, enthusiastic, and maintained that measures drastic
Were imperative to save the land from Woe.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
The Freed Islands

A FEW brief years have passed away
Since Britain drove her million slaves
Beneath the tropic's fiery ray:
God willed their freedom; and to-day
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
The Peace Convention At Brussels

STILL in thy streets, O Paris! doth the stain
Of blood defy the cleansing autumn rain;
Still breaks the smoke Messina's ruins through,
And Naples mourns that new Bartholomew,
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Diabolical

The fancy pride coming from envy is diabolical,
teasing with power to proof what is essential.
Democratic values diminishing by pretense,
ethical principles and its hollow essence.
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Robert Rittel

Robert Rittel
Be Aware

We were not born into racism
But
racism Thought us with the knowledge of the books they set us to read
The I'm accepting change cause
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Bongane Murimwa

Bongane Murimwa
Folie A Deux

Being faithful to the biggest lies,
spoiled by delusions and corrupted ties.
Shallow shared psychosis belief,
highly specialist identity thief.
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Robert Rittel

Robert Rittel
Undemocratic June 12.

Victory! Victory!! Victory!!! were the jubilations of June 12, 1993 witnessing the adjudged freest and fairest Democratic Presidential Election in Nigeria
Late Justice Dahiru Saleh, your hands were tied I believed not minding that history will never forget your name
Oh! What a day light robbery on our Democracy, SDP, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola and the entire Southern area
General Ibrahim Babaginda, you might be rich today but since 24th June, 1993 that you announced the annulment till date, oh! Tell me, where is now your positive fame?
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Fatoki, Oluwatobi O.

Fatoki, Oluwatobi O.
Arpegio

Loneliness might kill a man

Lily in the garden of love

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Adamu Sule

Adamu Sule
The So-called Limited State Of Public Emergency

The idiot in Jamaica House and the commissioner of police with their delusional ideas are utterly confused.

They imagine that the best way to deal with the issue of crime is to declare what they call a limited state of public emergency in certain areas and empower the armed forces, but that will definitely not work.

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Marlon Pitter

Marlon Pitter
To The Artists

You tell me these great lords have raised up Art:
I say they have degraded it. Look you,
When ever did they let the poet sing,
The painter paint, the sculptor hew and cast,
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Francis William Lauderdale Adams
The First Black Flag

("Avez-vous oui dire?")

[LES BURGRAVES, Part I., March, 1843.]

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Victor-marie Hugo
Work In Progress

Two Chinese fellows approached me in a London suburb.
They were eager for talk.

"Karl Marx's tomb," they implored, "directions to the tomb,
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Paul Cameron Brown