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THE LIVING DEAD, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie
Last Line: And dare not speak!
Subject(s): Freedom; Industrial Workers Of The World (i.w.w.); Labor Unions; Liberty

Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie—
Dust unto dust—
The calm sweet earth that mothers all who die
As all men must;

Mourn not your captured comrades who must dwell—
Too strong to strive—
Each in his steel-bound coffin of a cell, buried alive;

But rather mourn the apathetic throng—
The cowed and meek—
Who see the world's great anguish and its wrong
And dare not speak!

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