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Make not your heart so dead a piece of flesh,
Ant. Truth speak for me
Duch. I thank you, gentle love;
Ant. But, for your brothers,
Duch. Do not think of them.
Ant. These words should be mine,
(Cariola, her maid, comes forward.)
Ant. And may our sweet affections, like the spheres
Duch. Quickening, and make The like soft music.
Cariola. Whether the spirit of greatness, or of woman, Reign most in her. I know not; -
The World's Tyranny.—'Tis no uncommon thing for one half of the world to use the other half of it like brutes, and then endeavour to make them so. -Sterne.
Universal Suffrage.—To refuse any member of the community a vote in he making of the laws, or in the appointment of the men who are to make them, is neither more nor less than an act of outlawry; nay, more, it is a positive robbery, if a particle of his property be touched for the purposes of the community who have thus excluded him. The man who is denied a vote in the management of the affairs of the community to which he belongs, is, to all intents and purposes, a slave, for he is wholly dependent on the will of others. His life, liberty, property, and happiness, are all in the hands of others : he is clearly at their mercy.
Voice of the People.
REVELATIONS OF TRUTH.
Man hath made unto himself a God, even Mammon; and him doth he worship continually.
Accursed be the hour when Gold was first digged from the bowels of the earth!
It hath corrupted the heart of man; it hath been a never-failing incentive to evil; it hath poisoned the pure springs of human happiness; and yet it addeth'new vices to the catalogue of crime.
Servant of Mammon! what availeth thee this heap of dross thou hast amassed, this dirt to which thou sacrificest thy heart's best feelings, for which thou hast surrendered all the loveliness and the truth of life?
Are there no better treasures on this beautiful earth?
Ye miserable reckoners of the money-tables, ye wretched usurers and money-changers! who have made man's home a den of thieves, what gain accrueth from your vile and most senseless traffic?
Day after day ye crawl to your desks, to labour in unproductive calculatons: is labour so valueless ?
Give place, O pale financier! to the healthful peasant: one grain of wheat out-values thy life's product.
Give place, thou over-reaching and aye-striving Commerce! to the allbountiful Love that giveth, and selleth not; that letteth none want; that provideth plenteously for all from their common labour; stamping no coin to reward the miser, the selfish and the thief.
What man is there of you, who, if his brother ask him for bread, will give unto him a stone?
Behold, I have seen the stone sold for a price, and men have starved in the streets.
Human flesh is bought and sold by the pound; the soul of man withers in the coffers of the trader; the very joy of Love is a marketable thing.
Man hath bartered Truth and Healthfulness and Power and Love, for a handful of glittering dirt. He hath swallowed molten gold : and his heart is consumed.
SLAVERY. CONSIDERING that we live in a free country, we submit, for the satisfaction of the curious, a list of the several species of slaves to be found amongst us.
1. Legally speaking, all women: they being by law the property, as much as an ass or any other beast of burden, of the males, vulgarly called men, These slaves have no political existence; their persons and the product of their labour belong entirely to their proprietors. A woman of talent, who happens to be branded as the wife of a worthless fool, has no right, says the law of the land, to use her own earnings; they are the property of her master, who, in virtue of his marriage oath, and in accordance with his christian profession, keeps not more than two or three other females, for a beastly purpose. Some thousands of these playthings are annually sacrificed, with most horrible torture, for the amusement of the males: this game is called prostitution, and is carefully provided for by the Marriage-laws. It is argued that no change for the better can be allowed, as it would deteriorate the property of the present owners, much of which is retained in its present advantageous state, only by fear of the arbitrary penalties inflicted on all ass tors of natural liberty. And vested rights ought to be respected when the possession has been properly acquired.
2. Those whose energies and exertions are compulsorily employed for the benefit of others. This is a very small class. It includes day-labourers, (mechanics and agriculturists,) household servants, &c. These are allowed sufficient of the fruit of their own labour to keep them in good working condition.
3. Military slaves. Traders in blood; butchers of men; mercenary machines used in an unjust quarrel; the People's scourge.
4. Slaves of prejudice. Poor copies of worn-out fashions: who believe anything because their fathers believed it; who lament the disrespect for pigtails, and prophesy, the ruin of the country from the disuse of powder. Very respectable men these, very well to do; easy-conscienced, but very consciencious slaves, “who, thinking they abide by the ideas that have been set before them, really have very few ideas of anything, and are only remarkable for affording specimens of every sort of common-place, comfortable or unhappy.”
6. Slaves of habit and conventional form. We apprehend this race is nearly extinct. There are actually some few men and women, who are satisfied with the purity of their own hearts, without seeking a character; who dare to act independently of the world's notions of virtue, which are rather unsatisfactory. These people are not burnt.
6. Political slaves. A minister's lackeys; the pensioners of a court; placehunters; House-of-Commons vermin.
7. The slaves of fashion and respectability. Men of their order ; tailors' manufacture; things that do nothing improper. Very low! Religious slavery we dislike meddling with : we might be profane. It is astonishing how few slaves there are.
Shelley's Masque of Anarchy.
Feb. 2, 1839.