- SMILE at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget.
- For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
- There is many a fat farmer that drinks less cheerfully,
- There is many a free French peasant who is richer and sadder than we.
- There are no folk in the whole world so helpless or so wise.
- There is hunger in our bellies, there is laughter in our eyes;
- You laugh at us and love us, both mugs and eyes are wet:
- Only you do not know us. For we have not spoken yet.
- We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
- Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
- It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
- Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst.
- It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
- God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
- But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
- Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.
- These are the first and last verses. The ones in the middle are rambling and frankly, reprehensible, with a nasty line about a cringing Jew. Too often, Chesterton lets himself down. But the first and last seem pertinent this morning.
fredag 24 juni 2016
The Secret People by G K Chesterton
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