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GIVE ME A CHANCE, by            
First Line: Give me a chance to do my work
Last Line: Give me a chance.
Subject(s): Chance; Youth


Give me a chance to do my work
Day in, day out; to grapple some
Gigantic task the world has called
Impossible; to reach beyond
Myself, beyond the Universe
Where Science is but a feeble name,
And Truth is King.
I am Youth. I want my chance.

Why do you leer at me that way?
You of the flabby legs and arms,
You of the heavy jowls, and eyes
That glitter at the sight of gold.
And you of the gilded shoulder straps
Secure among your maps, while I
March to my death.
I am Youth. I want my chance.

You had your chance and failed; now I
Want mine. You tried to fill my life
With murder, lust; you traded Christ
For Satan. I want Jesus back.
You made me hate your enemies,
And love your friends, while I would love
All peoples on this spinning globe
Which is my home.
I am Youth. I want my chance.

Give me a chance to think great thoughts,
Paint great pictures, write great poems,
Sing great songs, read great books.
Just let me alone, that's all I ask.
Give me a chance.





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