May Day in Europe

Henry Lawson, 1892

      Bar the gates of Mammon Castle! See that troops are posted there!
      I have seen the crimson banner of the children of Despair!
             Here they come!
             Oh! here they come!
      And their eyes are cowed no longer and their bloodless lips are dumb.
             Here they come!

      Let the monarchs make a treaty, for the pregnant hours declare
      War against the social system by the Army of Despair!
             Here it comes!
             Oh! here it comes!
      Now defiant hymns are growling like the "roll of muffled drums".
             Here it comes!

      This is not the petty struggle of a State against a State,
      But a universal rising of the victims of the Great!
             Here they come!
             Oh! here they come!
      They have lived, my God! and suffered in the cabin and the slum!
             Here they come!

      They will stop the Car of Progress, for its wheels have gone too long
      Over human hearts while loaded with the passengers of wrong —
             Here they are!
             Oh! here they are!
      They will stop the Car of Progress, for its wheels have rolled too far.
             Here they are!



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