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First Line: When the last newspaper is printed and the ink is faded
Last Line: And no one will then remember the sort of people we are.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sagittarius
Subject(s): Freedom; Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936); Liberty


When the last newspaper is printed and the ink is faded and dried,
And the oldest critic is muzzled and the youngest croaker has died,
We shall pass to a tranquil era of government by decree,
When every voice shall be silenced but the voice of the B.B.C.

We shall hearken to Government spokesmen, we shall listen to Government news;
And no one will doubt or question, and none shall express their views.
And only the good shall be favoured, and only the killjoy shall fall,
And the murmur of opposition will never be heard at all.

And only the Leader shall praise us and only the Leader shall blame,
And Parliament will be sitting, but Parliament will be tame,
And the star of freedom will vanish; we shall steer by the Fascist star,
And no one will then remember the sort of people we are.





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