The Great War

from The Man Who Saw, an electronic edition

An Earnest Petition

FREE Trade--let sager wits than mine debate

Whether it salve, whether it wound the State ;

But when I see our Foe fed early and late

On each new, flattering lie,

Then, of the Powers that mercifully give

Or mercifully deny,

I ask a boon : for Free Truth then I cry !

With chartered poverty's prerogative

I haunt Heaven's ear, and clamour--while I wait

A beggar at its gate--

" Rather than be as these who darkling live,

Illumined let me die."