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At a time like this

posted Jul 8, 2020, 8:13 PM by John Henry Thompson - 1900   [ updated Jul 26, 2020, 9:39 PM ]


At a time like this, scorching irony, 
not convincing argument, is needed. 
O! had I the ability, 
and could I reach the nation’s ear, 
I would, to-day, 
pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, 
blasting reproach, 
withering sarcasm, 
and stern rebuke. 
For it is not light that is needed, but fire; 
it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. 
We need the storm, 
the whirlwind, 
and the earthquake. 
The feeling of the nation must be quickened; 
the conscience of the nation must be roused; 
the propriety of the nation must be startled; 
the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; 
and its crimes against God and man 
must be proclaimed and denounced.