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First Line: The nazi loose the lusts of fang and claw
Last Line: "father, forgive, they know not what they do!"
Subject(s): Nazis; National Socialism

The Nazi loose the lusts of fang and claw:
Justice, art, culture, science, brotherhood,
The virile virtues of the common good
Are mangled by the despot's brutal paw.
Blood madness, tribal insolence, the State
Gargantuan grown, leaders gorged with might
Poison young minds, warp truth and, blind with hate,
Spurn Goethe's eagle-visioned quest for right.

A crucified humanity cries, "Shame" --
Joan the dauntless maid of Domremy,
Milton who lost his eyes for liberty,
Lincoln who fostered freedom's sacred flame,
And Jesus cries in deep compassion too,
"Father, forgive, they know not what they do!"

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