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MUSSOLINI, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Where dante sang the soul's great destiny
Last Line: The future -- while his carrion feeds the worm.
Alternate Author Name(s): Root, E. Merrill
Subject(s): Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Where Dante sang the soul's great destiny:
Where Francis preached to fishes and to birds:
And where Massini woke dead Italy
With his fierce, sweet Evangel -- till his words
Grew deeds ... and Garibaldi's Legion wore
Crimson of Dawn, and gave their blood and breath
For the Republic ... we must now abhor
This good chimpanzee in the Shirt of Death.
Black-shirted and funereal, he goes --
A death incarnate -- over Italy,
Trampling on Dante and the Mystic Rose
And mocking Francis' holy minstrelsy.
Yet still they live, and speak, and shall confirm
The future -- while his carrion feeds the worm.

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