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First Line: O son of man, by lying tongues adored
Last Line: In death's worst hour the works of christian men?
Variant Title(s): On The Russian Persecution Of Jews
Subject(s): Jews; Persecution; Russia; Judaism; Soviet Union; Russians


O SON of man, by lying tongues adored,
By slaughterous hands of slaves with feet red-shod
In carnage deep as ever Christian trod
Profaned with prayer and sacrifice abhorred
And incense from the trembling tyrant's horde,
Brute worshippers or wielders of the rod,
Most murderous even of all that call thee God,
Most treacherous even that ever called thee Lord;
Face loved of little children long ago,
Head hated of the priests and rulers then,
If thou see this, or hear these hounds of thine
Run ravening as the Gadarean swine,
Say, was not this thy Passion, to foreknow
In death's worst hour the works of Christian men?





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