Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MOB, by ADA CAMBRIDGE

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First Line: Why stand dumbfounded and aghast
Last Line: To live so fast and be so slow to learn!
Alternate Author Name(s): Cross, George, Mrs.
Subject(s): Social Protest

Why stand dumbfounded and aghast,
As at invading armies sweeping by,
Surprised by haggard face and threatening cry,
The storm unheralded, that rose so fast?
Men, with gaunt wives and hungry children, cast
Upon the wintry streets to thieve or die,
They cannot always suffer silently;
Patience gives out. The poor worm turns at last.

And not ear listens to the warning call.
No eye awakes to see the portent dread.
Must brute force reign and social order fall
Ere these starved millions can be clothed and fed?
A strange phenomenon, this unconcern --
To live so fast and be so slow to learn!

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