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THE END OF THE WORLD, by             Poem Explanation         Poet's Biography
First Line: Comrades! The end of the world's at hand!
Last Line: For the end of the world is here.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Judgment Day; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man

Comrades! the end of the world's at hand!
Our round earth planet? Ah, no;
The planet shall roll, and the great sun stand,
The beautiful sea-waves break on the strand,
The flowers and fruits shall cover the land --
But the World and its ills shall go.

Wherever has rested the golden smirch
White livers prepare to hie;
At sign from the gold god's tottering perch
See, loth and lingering far in the lurch,
Comes Mammon's black hireling, the politic Church,
Canting the Socialist cry.

Hear how its foolish begin to say,
In fear of the final rout --
"The night grows old, and the dread new day
Requires that we follow the People's way;
Give us your oil, ye wise, we pray,
For our lamps are all flickering out."

The first time passed, and he died alone,
And the deaf world held on its way;
And priest and ruler the tares have sown,
Mingled with wheat they have rampant grown,
But the Harvester knows his own -- his own,
And in judgment he comes to-day.

And Houses shall fall, built on golden sand,
And only the Truth be dear;
The rock-built dwellings of faith shall stand,
The glad, free people shall joy in the land,
And heart trust heart e'en as hand helps hand,
For the end of the World is here.

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