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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939

Carol for Dictators

Carol for Dictators

God rest you marry, gentlemen,
Ye berserk brotherhood—
By whose beneficent command
Oppression lifts a rigid hand
And writes his name in blood.

God keep you Joyous, gentlemen,
And send you dreams as deep
As theirs who huddle on a bed
And watch the laggard dawn grow red.
And clench their hands, and weep.

God give you homes as warm with pence,
As free from fury's shock
As those where panic walks the floor,
And drags a chair against the door,
And trembles at a knock.

Oh may the charity you mete
Be poured for you, as well.
Full measure while you live—and then
May God receive you, gentlemen.
And damn your souls to hell!

Sara Henderson Hay.

When God laid Ananias low
They had no press or radio—
See how His mercy waxeth, that
He spares the British diplomat