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The Turk and the Tory

By Allah the Turk with his blade and brand
Is ruthlessly thinning a people down
Red rapine and murder race hand in hand
Through hamlet and village and town
And the fleet of old England is keeping the ring
That the Turk unmolested may have his fling

Wild women are leaping and shriek in flame
Their babes beheaded and spiked by score
Weak maidens are outraged and dead in shame
The ravening Turk is yelling for more
And the premier of England has laughter and jeers
For woman’s dishonour and widow’s tears

The Heart of the Turk is turned to stone
The life of the harmless is sifted chaff
The rust of their gold must have gnawed at the bone
When human misery wakens a laugh
And quivering zeal to re-rivet the chain
On the victim who’s writhing in wrath and pain

The blood that has dripped from the wild beast’s maw
On the scutcheon of England has left a smear
The red-spattered tiger is dubbed bashaw
The laughing hyena is crowned a peer
But the blood of our brothers cries out to God
For the Turk a gallows. The Tory a rod

O lion of Britain awake, arise!
With bristling mane and a wrathful roar
Bid liberty dawn on those Eastern skies
And tyranny trample and blight no more
To the bats and the owls with the Tory and Turk
The lying excuse and the fiendish work

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