Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CORN-LAW HYMN, by EBENEZER ELLIOTT

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CORN-LAW HYMN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, call thy pallid angel
Last Line: A sea, a sea of men!
Alternate Author Name(s): Corn-law Rhymer; Elliot, Ebenezer
Subject(s): Corn Laws (great Britain); Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers

Lord! call thy pallid angel,
The tamer of the strong!
And bid him whip with want and woe
The champions of the wrong!
O, say not thou to ruin's flood,
"Up, sluggard! why so slow?"
But alone, let them groan,
The lowest of the low;
And basely beg the bread they curse,
Where millions curse them now!
No; wake not thou the giant
Who drinks hot blood for wine;
And shouts unto the east and west,
In thunder-tones like thine;
Till the slow to move rush all at once,
An avalanche of men,
While he raves over waves
That need no whirlwind then;
Though slow to move, moved all at once,
A sea, a sea of men!

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