Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

Alton Locke's Song - Poem by Charles Kingsley

Weep, weep, weep and weep,
For pauper, dolt, and slave!
Hark! from wasted moor and fen,
Feverous alley, stifling den,
Swells the wail of Saxon men-
Work! or the grave!

Down, down, down and down,
With idler, knave, and tyrant!
Why for sluggards cark and moil?
He that will not live by toil
Has no right on English soil!
God's word's our warrant!

Up, up, up and up!
Face your game and play it!
The night is past, behold the sun!
The idols fall, the lie is done!
The Judge is set, the doom begun!
Who shall stay it?


On Torridge, May 1849.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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