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September 14th, 2010
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Hypocrites by Ammon Hennacy
During my second month in solitary (confinement) in Atlanta (Federal Prison) in July, 1918 I had written a poem and now in November, 1920 THE ONE BIG UNION MONTHLY of the I(ndustrial) W(orkers of the) W(orld) published it.

I wonder if the devil laughs
And sings a joyful song,
As to "Onward Christian Soldiers,"
"My Country Right or Wrong."
The Christians each other slaughter,
And lynch and mob an maim,
All those who will not help to kill
In lowly Jesus' name.

I wonder if the devil laughs
And if his joy's increased,
To see the god of gold worshipped,
By preacher and by priest;
Who teach contentment with your lot--
Unless you run the game--
And wink at sin and grab the tin
In lowly Jesus' name.

I wonder if the devil laughs,
And adds oil to his fire,
To make a warm reception for,
That saintly son and sire,
Who teach love and the golden rule,
While practicing the same;
By raising rents and burning tents,
In lowly Jesus' name.

I wonder if the devil laughs,
Or if he sheds a tear,
As the revolution's growing
Much stronger year by year;
And whether love or dynamite
Our victory shall acclaim,
Our foes will fight with all their might
In lowly Jesus' name.

---from THE BOOK OF AMMON
Fifth Printing.............Feb. 1970

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