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The Creative Response to the Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti
The day a slumbering but awful God, Before time to eternity is blown, Examines by the same unyielding rod These images of His with hearts of stone These men who do not die, but death decree, These are the men I should not care to be!
Thus, Sacco and Vanzetti, may your words Reverberate through every clime and mart; There is no other nation but the race; There is no other country but the heart. From To Sacco and Vanzetti by Louis Ginsberg For if anyone so much as named their name, It would mean not them but you yourselves and shame, And looking on their likeness he would see Not them in prison cells but you and me And would find recorded on their graveyard stone That the death we meant for them became your own. From The Condemned by Witter Bynner Yet history knows: to every age, its crimes; Empires half-fledged cannot be wholly wise. We shudder, learning to endure our times, And from the threatened flood avert our eyes. Our senses will applaud the world again. But who can clap life into murdered men? From Of Sacco and Vanzetti by Babette Deutsch
Ours is the dominance of claws and not the grace of fingers; ours is not the sweetness of a hand. Almighty Bludgeon, we have been taught to hide thE face when we have by thy might bestowed the wand.
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