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The "American Sovereign"
[By Eugene O'Neill]


(With apologies to the literary executors of O. Khayyam)

Into the polling-place, and why not knowing,
Nor whence, like water, willy-nilly, flowing,
  And out again, when he has made the Cross,
Back to his fruitless, ill-paid labor going.

He, in his youth, did eagerly frequent
Old party rallies, heard great argument,
  About the Robber Tariff, and the Trusts,
And came away, no wiser than he went.

With them the seed of Piffle did he sow,
In hopes of some cheap job, helped make it grow,
  And this is all the Working Class has reaped--
Their efforts help their leaders get the Dough.


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